State declares extreme heat emergencies

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has issued a State Declaration for Extreme Heat Emergency as well as a statewide burn ban as the forecast calls for continued triple digit temperatures and very little chance of rain.

Lincoln Parish is included in the excessive heat warning as well as the red flag warning for fire danger.

Excessive Heat Warning continues with triple-digit high temperatures expected throughout this week and heat indexes of over 115 degrees on some days.

The extended forecast shows temperatures in excess of 100 degrees, including 107 degrees on Thursday and 105 degrees on Friday and Saturday.

A Red Flag Warning is in effect today for most of East Texas and North Louisiana generally along and south of I-20 with very dry conditions, low relative humidity and occasional wind gusts contributing to enhanced fire danger.

Areas north of I-20 will also experience low RH, but winds will be lighter and fuels aren’t quite as dry to warrant a Red Flag Warning for these areas.

Officials urge people to check on elderly family, friends and neighbors and to keep all pets indoors if possible while providing plenty of water for those that can’t be brought inside.