Low Humidity to Blame for Numerous Brush Fires

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Lauderdale County, Miss. The dry and windy conditions have generated numerous brush fires in Lauderdale County and surrounding areas since Friday.

Embers were still visible after Lauderdale County volunteer firefighters got a handle on a three acre brush fire on Newton County Martin Road a little before midnight Saturday. Greg Chatham with the Mississippi Forestry Commission tells Newscenter 11 it's unclear how the fire started.

"With the low humidity, the wind, the dry fronts moving through," Chatham explains. "When the wind got a hold of it, it's pretty rough terrain. Lot of fuel loading."

This is one of nearly 20 brush fires that firefighters in Lauderdale County have responded to since Friday. Once the fire was out, crews created a fire lane to prevent the fire from spreading in the event it reignited.

"As dry as it is, that water evaporates so quick that the fuel comes back," Chatham points out.

Chatham credits the volunteer firefighters for responding so quickly. He tells us the fire could have been much worse if it weren't for them. Right now, Chatham says a burn ban has not been issued, but encourages everyone to avoid burning as long as these dry and windy conditions continue. He says if people do not take precautions, officials may be forced into issuing a burn ban.

"People just need to take extreme caution from any outdoor burning," Chatham urges. "It can get away from you in just a second."

Greg Chatham says firefighters also responded to a 20 acre brush fire Saturday on Chapel road, just off of Ponta Hills Road. Several structures were threatened by the fire.