Beth Smith, The Gleaner

In less than a week, the United States will experience its first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System. The 3 ½ minute test will occur at 2 p.m. EST on Nov. 9, and is being conducted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Federal Communications Commission and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Warm and dry usually makes for great weather conditions, but long periods of warm and dry can also make for an elevated fire risk. According to the National Weather Service in Paducah, Western Kentucky hasn't experienced a good, soaking rain since Sept. 25. There was some precipitation on Sept. 27 and 28, but only "trace" amounts. Fire officials said fires are easily sparked when grass and brush dry out.