Wildfire grows to 300 acres

Published 11:55 am Sunday, September 17, 2023

EAST LINCOLN — Fire fighters are working to contain a wildfire in Lincoln County Sunday. Mississippi Forestry Commission said the fire grew but have gotten closer to contain the blaze.

Smoke from a wildfire burning in East Lincoln near the community of Ruth could be seen from Jayess Saturday. The fire is near Garnet Trail, Terry Trail and China Grove.

Mississippi Forestry Commission reports the fire has grown to 300 acres. About 75 percent of the fire is contained at this time.

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Emergency Management Agency Director Chris Reid said crews are fighting the flames and using dozers to create fire breaks. The fire is the third wildfire this week in Lincoln and Lawerence Counties.

Fire could spread quickly with dry conditions and wind gusts. Three structures are threatened by the fire but there are no reports of damage at this time form the Mississippi Forestry Commission.

A burn ban is in effect with no exceptions right now. Please do not attempt to burn anything.

This story will be updated with more information as it becomes available.