JDC and surrounding counties under Red Flag Warning

Published 10:12 pm Monday, February 14, 2022

The National Weather Service in Jackson issued a Red Flag Warning for the entire state, which will be in effect until 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 15. A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now, or will shortly.

“We’ve had numerous grass fires in the county during the past week that could have been avoided,” said Prentiss Mayor Charley Dumas. “We are not currently under a burn ban, but please be aware of existing conditions.”

Dry and windy conditions will be present Tuesday.

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Since Feb. 1, MFC has responded to more than 220 fires that have burned more than 7,000 acres. Officials said the fires have spread due to low humidity, lower than usual rainfall totals and wind.

Under a red flag, the Mississippi Forestry Commission does not issue burn permits.

“We are asking Mississippians to use extreme caution when doing outdoor fire activities. Under the current conditions, it only takes one spark or ember to start a devastating wildfire, said MFC state forester Russell Bozeman.