Lincoln County now at five days since last wildfire

Published 1:16 pm Monday, October 30, 2023

BROOKHAVEN — Lincoln County has not had a wildfire in five days according to county Emergency Management Agency Director Chris Reid. A burn ban remains in effect for Lincoln County.

Forecasted rain Monday will not be enough to lift the burn ban nor drought conditions. It may not be enough to keep the dust down either.

Lincoln County will be under a burn ban until further notice. Anyone who violates the burn ban will be issued a citation and can be liable for any damage to property caused by a fire they start. While it is tempting to sit around the fire in this chilly weather please heed the burn ban.

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NWS Jackson does not warn of fire danger right now, but gusty winds over the next few days coupled with dry conditions could allow for fires to quickly get out of control. Tuesday and Wednesday are forecast to have gusts out of the north reaching 20 to 25 mph.

Please heed the burn ban and avoid open burning of any kind, dispose cigarette butts properly and be sure trailer chains do not drag along the roadways. People can cautious smart about management practices such as mowing or brush hogging. One spark from a blade hitting a rock or a lawn mower muffler overheating the grass could be enough to start a fire.

NASA’s fire mapping software shows there is still a fire burning in Pike County near Emerald.

Mississippi Forestry Commission shows 64 counties across the state are under a burn ban.

A 40 percent chance of rain is forecast this afternoon and could bring much needed rainfall. National Weather Service long range forecasts shows the drought conditions could improve by the end of November but will still persist. US Drought Monitor shows Lincoln County is actually in exceptional drought conditions right now.