Mississippi Forestry Commission warns of fire danger ahead of forecasted high winds

Published 3:13 pm Wednesday, February 21, 2024

BROOKHAVEN — Lincoln County is at risk of strong, damaging and gusty winds Thursday from 4 a.m. to 5 p.m. according to the National Weather Service in Jackson. Mississippi Forestry Commission warned of fire danger ahead of Thursday.

Mississippi Forestry Commission and the United States Forestry Service are responding to an active wildfire in Franklin County near Bude. USFS Mississippi stated reports of smoke came in at 2:50 p.m.

Gusty winds can allow fires to move quickly and jump fire breaks. MFC asks people to “please refrain from burning,” tomorrow. Firefighters with MFC and the United States Forest Service fought wildfires in Franklin County and other parts of Mississippi Tuesday.

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NWS Jackson warns Thursday’s conditions could see between 20 to 25 mph sustained winds. Gusts up to 30 to 40 mph would be possible throughout the day. Winds may cause damage and weakened trees or limbs to fall. Lincoln County Forester Steven Williams expressed his concern of dead pines possibly sparking wildfires by downing power lines in The Daily Leader on February 1.

High profile vehicles may be unsteady in these winds tomorrow so please use caution while driving.

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