Forecasters say Arkansas is still at risk for wildfires despite chilly temperatures with subzero wind chill values in some areas.
A red flag warning is in effect in Carroll, Benton, Washington and Madison counties. The National Weather Service says northwest Arkansas will see strong and gusty winds of up to 35 mph on Friday, along with low humidity values of 15 to 25 percent.
Forecasters warn that the dry vegetation and windy weather will combine to create dangerous wildfire conditions through Friday afternoon.
State and federal authorities say several marijuana plants have been seized from the Ouachita National Forest in Arkansas.
The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission says its officers worked with the Benton Police Department, Saline County Sheriff's Office and U.S. Forest Service to seize multiple marijuana plants found growing in the Winona Wildlife Management Area about 30 miles west of Little Rock.
The Winona WMA is managed in cooperation with the Forest Service and the AGFC.
Arkansas transportation officials say work to replace a bridge will limit boat navigation on Greers Ferry Lake in Cleburne County.
Crews are replacing the Highway 225 Bridge, which is located just east of Hill Creek Recreation Area.
The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department says navigation will be closed near the bridge as workers move large equipment and conduct small controlled explosive blasts at the bottom of the lake.
Transportation officials say the temporary closures will be in effect from now through Nov. 8, except for Sundays.
The Arkansas Public Service Commission is allowing further information to be presented by both sides of a dispute, concerning a transmission line in the northern part of the state.
Southwestern Electric Power Company has construction plans for a 60 mile line in Benton and Carroll Counties. Doug Stowe, a Save the Ozarks board member, says the utility companies saw the previous hearing as a meeting to determine which route would be used. He says the opposition saw things differently.
A drought-related disease known as blackleg is blamed for the deaths of at least two cows in Arkansas.
University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture officials say the disease has caused the deaths of cows in Lonoke and Sebastian counties.
Agricultural officials say the bacterial disease typically appears during drought because the dry conditions reduce forage for cattle - and the animals then graze close to the ground and ingest small soil particles that contain the bacteria.