Fire in East Lincoln flares up

Published 8:12 pm Monday, September 18, 2023

EAST LINCOLN — A fire in East Lincoln which has consumed 400 acres remains alive. Mississippi Forestry Commission had contained the fire but it appears to have jumped fire breaks.

Wind gusts, low humidity and dry conditions have made the risk of fires spreading quickly increase. Crews had contained the fire Sunday but it flared up Monday afternoon.

The fire is believed to have been started by a lawn mower Saturday.

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County is burning 

There has been three wildfires burn in Lincoln County over the past week. The latest one started Monday afternoon in the Loyd Star community near California Road and Jackson Liberty.

Lincoln County Emergency Management Agency Director Chris Reid said the fire was caused by someone burning trash. Citations have been issued.

“You are liable for any damage you cause,” Reid said. “There is no exception to the burn ban.”

Lincoln County remains under a burn ban until further notice. It would take a substantial amount of rain such as a hurricane or tropical depression to life the band and snap the region out of a drought.

Lincoln County Volunteer Fire Departments responded to smaller fires along I-55, Buttercup Trail and Pleasant Grove Road Monday. Please be cautious and do not attempt open burning of any kind.

Bush hogging, chainsaws, lawn mowers and parking in tall grass could be enough to start a fire. Nine out of 10 wildfires are caused by humans. Only you can prevent wildfires.

We will provide more updates as they become available.