- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 4, 2014

MENA, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Forestry Commission says crews are hoping for a break in the weather so the search for a missing wildfire detection pilot and aircraft can resume.

The commission said Tuesday that searchers had covered 1,200 miles in the air and ground crews have walked 7,200 acres to try to find pilot Jake Harrell and the Cessna 210 single-engine aircraft he was flying.

Harrell was last heard from early Friday afternoon when he made a routine check-in while flying a fire detection route in western Arkansas.

The commission says the search area has grown from 100 square miles to 756 square miles after crews reassessed where Harrell may have flown.

Search crews staging in Mena were hoping wintery weather would clear Tuesday so they can resume work.

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