Forestry Commission: Brief Rain Won't Lift Burn Ban

Rain and thunderstorms are forecast for the WTOK viewing area Tuesday night. But officials say it won't bring an end to the burn ban.

The entire state is under the ban, by order of the governor.

Six weeks or more of dry conditions have made the potential for wildfires very high.

Ed Brown, southern regional training officer for the Mississippi Forestry Commission, says this round of showers or storms won't make a big difference in the conditions that required the burn ban.

"Six to seven inches of the ground, you know, in the soil, is void of moisture. That's how much of a moisture deficit we have. And it's going to take several days of slow rain to bring that back up," said Brown. "And this little bitty small amount, if we get any out of this weather system's not going to help the fire danger any."

Brown says a loose trailer on the highway threw sparks and started a fire Monday in Hinds County that destroyed 40 acres. So it currently doesn't take much to start wildfires.

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