Fire threat remains, please heed burn ban

Published 1:22 pm Monday, October 9, 2023

BROOKHAVEN — Dry weather, windy conditions and low humidity are the perfect recipe for wildfires to spread rapidly and the National Weather Service is warning the threat is elevated. Fortunately, no fires have been reported in Lincoln County over the last few days.

Lincoln County Emergency Management Agency Director Chris Reid said other counties surrounding Lincoln County have been working on fires lately. A burn ban remains in effect for Lincoln County until further notice along with 51 of the 82 counties in Mississippi.

NWS Jackson warns the fire threat is elevated for the area due to conditions being favorable for fires to quickly get out of control. Open burning of any kind is discouraged, the use of equipment such as lawn mowers and brush hogs could be enough to spark a fire and should be avoided.

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A small chance of rain is in the forecast for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday but it will not be enough to lift the burn ban or drought conditions. A substantial amount of rainfall is needed.

Anyone trying to plant a food plot might bank on the rain forecast for Wednesday. NWS Jackson forecasts a 40 percent chance of rain Wednesday and Wednesday night. Thursday will be a 40 percent chance of showers and Friday will be a 30 percent chance of rain. Check back for an update on rain chances as we near Wednesday.

Long term forecasts for precipitation do not look promising for planting but the precipitation forecasts change almost daily. Mississippi’s drought conditions will persist but improve according to the forecast by November.

Anyone still needing to get food plot prep work done has perfect weather to do so. The high Monday is 83 with a low of 56 and Tuesday’s high is 86 with a low of 61. Nice breezes will be here.

Check back for updates on wildfire danger, burn bans, rain chances and other weather information each day.