Wildfire danger increases this Halloween

Published 10:57 am Tuesday, October 31, 2023

BROOKHAVEN — It is chilly, dry and breezy this halloween. As tempting as a campfire or bonfire might sound, Lincoln County is under a burn ban and advised there is significant wildfire danger today.

National Weather Service in Jackson warns any fires that start in Lincoln County could quickly get out of control and spread rapidly. Open burning is discouraged by the National Weather Service and banned under the current burn ban.

One of the reasons there is such a high risk today is due to the relative humidity being considerably low in the 15 to 30 percent range paired with wind gusts which could reach 20 to 25 miles per hour. Fire danger will be a concern the rest of the week.

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A freeze is expected Wednesday and Thursday but this does not mean the burn ban will be over. The little rain we had Monday is not enough to lift the burn ban either. A substantial amount of rain is needed to lift the burn ban and exceptional drought conditions in Lincoln County.

Please heed the local burn ban. Lincoln County Emergency Management Agency Director Chris Reid said they have not had any reports of fires going on six days now. He added the wind gusts have already exceeded 20 mph meaning fire danger should be a concern.

One spark is all it takes to start a wildfire. Mississippi Forestry Commission reminds people that 9 out of 10 wildfires are caused by humans. Only you can prevent wildfires.