Lincoln County fire danger could increase this weekend

Published 2:11 pm Thursday, October 19, 2023

BROOKHAVEN — Lincoln County remains under a burn ban until further notice as weather conditions continue to present fire danger. National Weather Service in Jackson forecasts Friday and Saturday to be increased danger for fire to spread quickly.

Volunteer firefighters battled a 15 acre blaze on Echo Lane Wednesday night. Mississippi Forestry Commission Public Information Officer Kevin Craft said the fire was contained last night but there is not an updated number of acres burned at this time.

Since August, 16,000 acres have burned across Mississippi from wildfires. Mississippi Forestry Commission battled 1,030 wildfires in the past two and a half months. Help from states such as Alabama, Florida and Arkansas have helped with containing fires.

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Jefferson Davis County had two wildfires in the western part of the county yesterday according to NASA’s fire mapping system. Lincoln County has been fortunate for the last two weeks to have small fires if any.

Please remember 9 out of 10 wildfires are caused by humans. Only you can prevent wildfires by not burning, disposing cigarette butts properly and putting up trailer chains so they do not drag on the highway.

There is no chance of rain from now until next Wednesday. It would take a substantial amount of rain to lift the burn ban and drought conditions.