Burn Ban Issued

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Ed Brown with the Mississippi Forestry Commission says people should not burn outdoors this weekend.

High winds make it dangerous to do so.

State Forestry Commission fire crews are battling a rash of fires in two counties in the southern part of Mississippi.

Forestry officials say two larger fires, each spanning more than 100 acres, and several smaller blazes broke out in Lamar and Jackson Counties.

The Mississippi Sandhill Crane Refuge is using a water-dropping helicopter to fight a large fire in Jackson County.

The Forestry Commission has three aircraft patrolling the area, is moving a fourth to the area and has a fifth on standby.

Bill Lambert is the head of the Forest Protection Department. He says he expects a state of high fire danger to last through Saturday, but predicted rain Sunday should lessen the danger.