Firefighters battling Lawrence and Lincoln County wildfires

Published 5:05 pm Thursday, August 17, 2023

A 50-acre wildfire at Monticello is about 25 percent contained as of 4:50 p.m. Thursday.

Temple Harrison of the Mississippi Forestry Commission said multiple volunteer fire departments, four MFC bulldozer units, and two overhead airplane units were working to extinguish the Lawrence County fire, and making “pretty good progress.”

Harrison said it looks to be an accidental wildfire, burning on both sides of Hwy. 27 north of Hwy. 84. Multiple structures are still in danger, she said.

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In Lincoln County in the West Lincoln area, multiple fire departments are working to battle another wildfire.

About 25 acres have been affected, according to Emergency Management Director Chris Reid.

“We are going to fly a drone,” Reid said. “We think it is contained. We won’t know until we look at the drone footage.”

No one has been injured and no structures are in danger, Reid said.

With the moisture content gone in the trees due to lack of rain, the trees and grass provided dry fuel and the flames were getting high, said Reid.

“The conditions are extremely high and favorable to spread (fire) quickly,” Reid said. “Please heed the burn ban.”

Both Lincoln and Lawrence counties are under burn bans until further notice.


Hunter Cloud contributed to this story.