Lincoln County Wildfire under investigation, burn ban will be enforced

Published 6:07 pm Tuesday, September 12, 2023

HOG CHAIN — A fire burning up pasture land and pine stands is under investigation. The wildfire began just hours after crews finished work on a fire in Lawerence County.

Lincoln County Volunteer Fire Departments and the Mississippi Fire Commission responded to the scene of a wildfire on Pricedale Drive Tuesday afternoon.

The fire was south of Mount Olive Road SE.

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Emergency Management Director Chris Reid said the fire was crowning the trees when he first arrived. Crews quickly worked to get fire lanes established and work towards containing the fire.

Petroleum company Denbury Resources has wells nearby, but those have been shut off, according to Reid.

MFC Public Information Officer Kevin Craft said the estimated acreage of the fire is 15 acres. Fire fighters are still on scene putting out hot spots. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Nine out of 10 wildfires in Mississippi are caused by humans and all it takes is one spark for a fire to start. A burn ban is still in effect and anyone violating the burn ban will be issued a $100 to $500 citation.

“You are liable for any damages to any property caused by fires that you set,” Reid said. “Citations will be issued and you will be held liable for any damaged whether it be forestry and timber or structure damages.”