Lincoln County fights two fires in past 24 hours

Published 10:45 am Monday, October 16, 2023

LAKE LINCOLN — Volunteer fire departments battled two fires within the past day. One was in Bogue Chitto Sunday afternoon and the other fire was out by Lake Lincoln.

Lincoln County Emergency Management Agency Director Chris Reid said the fire near Lake Lincoln burned a couple of acres in the woods before being contained. He said the fire in Bogue Chitto was by Big Creek Drive and was a small fire.

In town, Brookhaven Fire Department had to extinguish a fire started behind Sullivans in the homeless encampment there. Reid said someone was charged for setting the fire.

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He stepped out of the Lincoln County Board of Supervisors meeting to field a call before he came back and took to the podium.

“A reminder we are still under a burn ban. My phone is burning up already,” Reid said.

Wildfire fighters from Arkansas and Florida have assisted in fighting fires in Lincoln County and nearby counties. The rain last week was not enough to lift the burn ban nor bring the area out of a drought.

National Weather Service in Jackson warns the fire danger has increased today due to gusty winds, dry conditions and low humidity. NWS Jackson discourages open burning and advises citizens to dispose of cigarette butts properly and not on the ground. Do not allow trailer chains to drag on the roadway as the friction could cause a spark and start a fire.

Thursday night will have a 30 percent chance of rain but that is the best chance of rain in the forecast through Sunday. It will take a considerable amount of rain to bring the county out of a burn ban. Lincoln County is under a burn ban until further notice. Anyone who violates the burn ban will receive a citation.

People are liable for any damage caused by fires they start. Only you can prevent wildfires.