Foresters Say Fire Danger Real

By: Chris Whited Email
By: Chris Whited Email

Volunteer firefighters and the Mississippi Forestry Commission has been busy in recent days.

Officials say fifteen acres burned Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning in northern Clarke County. It was attributed to a resident burning tree debris.

Other fires were reported Tuesday in Jasper, Newton, Smith and Leake counties.

"We're still 18 to 20 inches below on our deficit on rainfall and it's just severely dry. And i0'ts just people do not need to be burning anything because it will escape without them even knowing it hardly," said Randy Bowles of the Mississippi Forestry Commission.

So far this month, there have been 32 reported wildfires in eastern Mississippi that have destroyed over 380 acres. Statewide, 146 fires have been reported, burning nearly 2,100 acres.

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