Wildfire threat increases this weekend

Published 7:58 am Thursday, October 12, 2023

BROOKHAVEN — Rain finally came Wednesday but it is not enough to lift any fire danger for the area. National Weather Service in Jackson was quick to issue an alert of wildfire danger increasing going into the weekend.

Lincoln County and 51 other counties in the state are currently under burn bans according to the Mississippi Forestry Commission. The wildfire fighting team for MFC contained a 150 plus acre wildfire in Amite County earlier this week after they started fighting the blaze last weekend.

While there is a 10 percent chance of rain Thursday morning, the forecast calls for sunny days ahead. Saturday could be the most dangerous day for wildfires with wind gusts forecast to reach 20 mph.

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Open burning is discouraged, management practices such as brush hogging or mowing should wait until conditions improve and cigarettes should be disposed of properly and not thrown on the ground. Trailer chains dragging on the roadway could also spark a fire so please be cautious.

NWS Jackson warns fires are more likely to escape and get out of control this weekend. Anyone who violates the burn ban will be issued a citation and be held liable for any damage caused to other properties.