Smoke over Meridian from Kemper County fire

MERIDIAN, Miss.(WTOK) - Several calls into the newsroom at WTOK, along with several of our own employees noticing, prompted our teams to make calls about the smoky haze and smell in the air Thursday afternoon.

The Mississippi Forestry Commission has confirmed to Newscenter 11 that the University of Alabama has a burn permit for a 100-acre prescribed burn over southeast Kemper County.

Chief Meteorologist Stephen Bowers says the smoke plume from the fire is visible on weather satellite images. The plume originates in southeastern Kemper County, just south of Tram Road east of the Flatwoods Road intersection. This is just a few miles west of the Mississippi-Alabama state line.

Updated satellite data indicate the smoke plume may be starting to break up near the fire, so the smoke over Meridian may begin dispersing by Thursday evening. In addition to Meridian, smoke was blowing through Lauderdale, Dalewood Lake, Marion, Clarkdale, Meehan, Stonewall, and Enterprise.