East Lincoln fire department quickly extinguishes fire

Published 6:07 pm Wednesday, November 8, 2023

EAST LINCOLN — Volunteer fire fighters responded to a grass fire call Wednesday afternoon. The smell of smoke lured men down a long dusty driveway across the street from Bethel Temple Cemetery on Bethel Road.

Lincoln County Emergency Management Agency Director Chris Reid reported the fire call at 3:07 p.m. Firefighters made quick work on the fire and got it under control and put out by 3:47 p.m. A small patch of black ash was all that was left of the quick fire. It was good timing to put it out as the wind started to pick up around 3:50 p.m.

One of the responding firemen said the fire started from piece of land clearing equipment. The man operating the machine is actually one of the East Lincoln Volunteer Firefighters and was able to get to work on extinguishing it.

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A reminder that management practices such as brush hogging and mowing can cause fires with one spark. Please be mindful and take precautions while doing work afield.

Lincoln County remains under a burn ban until further notice like many other counties across Mississippi. Rain is forecast to hit Thursday night and into the weekend. It will likely not be enough to lift the area out of a burn ban nor drought conditions but every bit of rain is appreciated.

A 50 percent chance of rain is forecast for Thursday night, rain could be between a tenth to a quarter of an inch. NWS Jackson forecasts a 70 percent chance of rain Friday and Friday night with a tenth to a quarter inch of rain possible. Saturday and Saturday night will have a 60 percent chance of rain with a tenth to a quarter inch expected.