Think before your burn, dangerous fire conditions Wednesday

Published 10:49 am Wednesday, November 29, 2023

BROOKHAVEN — National Weather Service in Jackson and the Mississippi Forestry Commission are reminding people to think before they burn this week. Fire danger remains a concern for the area even though the statewide burn ban has been lifted.

Wind, dry fuel and low relative humidity could cause fire to spread quickly. Extra caution is advised while conducting open burning of any kind. While Wednesday’s wind speeds are forecast to be 5mph they will pick up Thursday and on into the weekend with strong gusts of wind.

If you do burn make sure you check the forecast before doing so and take precautions to keep the flames or embers from being carried by the wind and starting a new fire. Mississippi Forestry Commission fought an 80 acre wildfire in Lena when a hayfield caught fire Monday.

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Lincoln County Emergency Management Agency Director Chris Reid said there had been no new wildfires to report yesterday.

Pike County remains the only county in Southwest Mississippi still under a burn ban.