April 21, 2014
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Strong winds cause power outages and fires


     Strong winds with gusts up to 40 miles an hour have downed trees and caused power outages and fires across the Twin Lakes Area Thursday.
     Local firefighters responded to at least seven fires caused by downed power lines or out of control burning.   The largest fire reported on State Highway 201 North in the Clarkridge area.
     Mountain Home Fire Chief Ken Williams offers this caution to area residents.
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     Baxter County Judge Mickey Pendergrass echoes Williams caution saying, no one should be burning during windy weather.
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     North Arkansas Electric Cooperative reports two outages in Baxter County caused by heavy winds.   Jerry Estes, a spokesperson for NAEC says power has been restored to the largest outage, to about 800 members on State Highway 201 North in the Clarkridge area. The other outage was on County Road 25.   ENTERGY also reported a power outage in Cotter, where power has also been restored.

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