Dry Weather Continuing Threat

More wildfire problems occurred Thursday in east Mississippi. A fire that burned several acres in northern Clarke County two days ago flared up again.

The fire was on private property near the Clarke/Lauderdale county line. It apparently started Tuesday night after someone was trying to burn off Hurricane Katrina debris.

Firefighters returned to the site Thursday, after the blaze flared back up.

"it's just hard to contain. We've had some wind. It seems to be blowing embers across our fire lanes," said Greg Chatham of the Mississippi Forestry Commission. "We're putting in double and triple fire lanes; it's just hard to hold."

Local forestry officials urge people not to burn anything right now because of extremely dry conditions. There are burn bans in Lauderdale County and the city of Meridian right now.


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