Lincoln County fire consumed 21 acres Tuesday

Published 1:18 pm Wednesday, September 13, 2023

HOG CHAIN — A fire which scorched pasture land and pine stands on Pricedale Drive is under investigation. It was finally put out yesterday with crews soaking down hot spots throughout the night and into this morning.

The wildfire began just hours after crews finished work on a fire in Lawrence County which burned 347 acres.

Lincoln County Volunteer Fire Departments and the Mississippi Fire Commission responded to the scene of a wildfire on Pricedale Drive Tuesday afternoon. Investigators from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s office were on scene to help assist with traffic and conduct an investigation into why the fire was started. Emergency Management Agency Director Chris Reid said no one had been charged in connection to the fire.

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The fire was south of Mount Olive Road SE and burned 21 acres in the end according to MFC Public Information Officer Kevin Craft.

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 had wells nearby, but those were shut off, according to Reid.

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 for Lincoln County. 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.”