Arkansas Weather

The number of counties with bans on outdoor burning in Arkansas is increasing.

Arkansas as of Tuesday afternoon had seven counties with burn bans in place - Chicot, Faulkner, Garland, Hempstead, Howard, Jefferson and Saline. The number is up from five on Monday.

While some areas of Arkansas have rain in the forecast for the next couple of days, longer-range forecasts call for high temperatures and low precipitation.

The period from August to early October is one of the state's peak wildfire seasons. The other is in late winter.

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Federal officials say the government has provided more than $2 million in aid to help Arkansas recover from storms that hit in May and June.

Tornadoes, high winds and flooding ravaged the state between May 7 and June 15.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency says more than $900,000 in housing aid went to homeowners and renters. That money can be used to provide temporary housing and help repair damage not covered by insurance.

Five Arkansas counties have issued burn bans as temperatures climb and the chance of precipitation drops.

The Arkansas Forestry Commission said Monday that humidity is a key factor for the development of wildfires, and that a hot, dry forecast means the annual summertime wildfire season is "on schedule."

Humidity levels dropped late last week and forestry officials said Arkansas saw seven small wildfires during the weekend.

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Sabrina McCormick Norton / KTXK News

The Federal Emergency Management Agency says Arkansas renters in counties where homes and property were damaged by severe spring storms may be eligible for federal disaster assistance.

Renters who were displaced from their homes by the storms may be eligible for FEMA grants to help them pay rent for temporary housing. The rental grants are good for 30 days but are subject to review until homes are livable.

The U.S. Small Business Administration also offers disaster loans to help renters repair or replace disaster-damaged personal property, including vehicles.

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Little Rock PD

A K9 officer with the Little Rock Police Department has died from heat distress after a several-block foot chase with a suspect in 96-degree heat.

Department spokesman Officer Richard Hilgeman says Titus, a German Shepherd, was part of the department's downtown division for about three years. Titus died Wednesday at Briarwood Animal Hospital.

Hilgeman says about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, officers were involved in a foot chase with a suspect they believe had stolen property from several cars he had broken into.

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National Weather Service

A $1 million federal grant will go toward building a saferoom at the new Vilonia Intermediate School.

The Faulkner County school was under construction when it was destroyed by a tornado on April 27, 2014. 16 people were killed statewide in the storm.

Flood Waters

A report shows that recent floods in a southwest Arkansas county caused more than $14 million in damages.

The county's emergency coordinator says that around half of the land in Little River County was flooded by nearby bodies of water, including the Red River, following severe weather in May and June.

The Texarkana Gazette reports that the report was prepared by county officials and the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service. The study shows more than 20 county roads were closed due to flooding.

As temperatures have become dangerously hot, nearing the 100 degree mark in Little Rock, the city is opening three cooling centers Tuesday for those without a place to get out of the heat. At this point they’re scheduled to be open through Friday.

"As the summer heat persists, we will continue to monitor the situation to see how long we may need to keep these cooling centers open," City Manager Bruce Moore said in a press release.

The cooling centers are located at:

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency's Disaster Survivor Assistance teams are visiting residents in 9 Arkansas counties affected by the recent storms and flooding.

The relief agency said Wednesday that teams will visit Crawford, Garland, Howard, Jefferson, Little River, Miller, Perry, Sebastian and Sevier counties.

Residents in those counties who suffered damage as a result of the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding during May and June during may be eligible for disaster assistance.

Flood Waters

Residents in nine Arkansas counties declared disaster areas because of recent storms, tornadoes and flooding may be eligible for disaster unemployment assistance.