Lincoln County still at risk of fire

Published 11:00 am Monday, September 25, 2023

BROOKHAVEN — Fire is still a risk for the county especially wildfires. Dry conditions, low humidity and winds could make a fire grow quickly despite the forecasted rain.

Lincoln County remains under a burn ban indefinitely. A substantial amount of rain would be needed to bring the area out of a burn ban and out of a drought.

People should not attempt open burning of any kind, be cautious in using lawn mowers, brush hogs and chainsaws, remember to dispose of cigarettes properly and don’t allow trailer chains to drag on the roadways. One spark is all it take to start a fire.

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Several fires have been caused by people burning trash, getting ready for deer season with brush hogging, grass heating up on the muffler of a lawn mower and a squirrel chewing on a transformer. Lincoln County Emergency Management Agency Director Chris Reid said they will enforce the burn ban and issue citations for violations.

Firefighters and the Mississippi Forestry Commission fought a forest fire this weekend in Copiah County just a mile north of the Lincoln County line. The blaze consumed 49 acres at the intersection of Harvey and St. John Road in the Pleasant Hill community according to Kevin Craft, a MFC public information officer.

It was close to the Homochitto National Forest but the fire burned on property owned by Weyerhauser Company according to OnX. Please remember to be cautious as fire danger persists. October to April is the typical fire season for the MFC and fire departments.

Volunteers are needed for local fire departments. All county residents have to do to volunteer is contact their local volunteer fire department or call the Lincoln County EMA office for more information.