Posts Tagged ‘wildfires’

Authorities investigating dozens of wildfires

by Associated Press Published: August 23,2011

Tags: arson, drought, law enforcement, wildfires

MERIDIAN — Authorities are trying to determine what caused dozens of grass and brush fires this week in and around Meridian. Firefighters fought the fires yesterday afternoon. Smoke was heavy at times and a Meridian Police Department unit and a Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Department deputy were called to the areas for traffic control. The Meridian […] [...]

Another Coast wildfire burns 80 acres

by Associated Press Published: July 11,2011

Tags: drought, severe weather, Weather, wildfires

SAUCIER — Mississippi Forestry Commission firefighters spent part of Sunday extinguishing a woods fire that first started Saturday but reignited, burning an estimated 80 acres near Saucier. Randy Wilson, coastal fire coordinator for the southeast district, tells The Sun Herald a dry lightning strike from a brief thunderstorm Sunday likely reignited the fire, though the […] [...]

Parched Coast county extends burn ban

by Associated Press Published: July 7,2011

Tags: burn ban, drought, Weather, wildfires

HARRISON COUNTY — Harrison County has extended its burn ban until Aug. 1. Fire Chief Pat Sullivan said yesterday the burn ban is in place because of the extremely dry conditions that exist throughout South Mississippi and the potential for fires. Randy Wilson, coastal fire coordinator for the Mississippi Forestry Commission, tells The Sun Herald […] [...]

Wildfire burns 850 acres on the Coast

by Associated Press Published: June 13,2011

Tags: disaster, drought, fires, severe weather, Weather, wildfires

JACKSON COUNTY — Arson or carelessness started a fire that burned about 850 acres in Jackson County, according to the Mississippi Forestry Commission. The fire was contained and forestry agents were checking hot spots yesterday, Jackson County Emergency Management Agency director Donald Langham. Although a nursing home and hundreds of homes were evacuated Saturday, Langham […] [...]

Drought forces extension of burn bans

by Associated Press Published: June 7,2011

Tags: burn bans, county government, drought, fires, severe weather, Weather, wildfires

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI — Supervisors in several South Mississippi counties have voted to extend burn bans that were put in place two weeks ago because of drought. Yesterday, board members in Harrison and Jackson counties extended the ban until June 20, and supervisors in Hancock County made it effective indefinitely. Stone County’s burn ban is in […] [...]

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