Weekend will be warm, dry with increasing fire danger

Published 11:28 am Friday, October 20, 2023

BROOKHAVEN — Temperatures are forecast to hit a high of 88 today and Saturday with a clear and sunny sky. National Weather Service in Jackson forecasts there is a three percent chance Brookhaven sees a high of 90 today.

In comparison, Alexandria, Louisiana has an 87 percent chance of reaching a high of 90.

Warm temperatures and dry weather produce fire danger and the threat has been upgraded for the region. NWS Jackson warns there is now an elevated threat of wildfire danger Friday and Saturday.

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Fires could quickly get out of control and spread rapidly. Open burning is discouraged by the national weather service. Lincoln County is also under a burn ban issued by Governor Tate Reeves and the Mississippi Forestry Commission until further notice.

It would take a flood, tropical depression or hurricane to get enough rainfall to lift drought and burn ban conditions. Lincoln County Volunteer Fire Departments responded to two fires yesterday in the western side of the county.

Again, please heed the local burn bans and take precautions. Dispose of cigarette buns properly and not on the ground. Trailer chains should not drag on the roadways as the sparks could start a grass fire and equipment such as brush hogs, lawn mowers and vehicles parked in tall grass could be enough to get a blaze going.

Anyone who starts a fire is liable for any damage caused. Citations will be issued to anyone who violates the burn ban.