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Wildfire burns 850 acres on the Coast

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 said no buildings burned. The ...

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Drought forces extension of burn bans

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 effect through Monday, and the ...

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Deer Island wildfires prompt DMR warning

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — With two recent wildfires — one still burning — on Deer Island, the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (DMR) is reminding the public that Harrison and Jackson counties along the Coast have a burn ban in effect that prohibits any outdoor burning, including campfires. Although there is no proof either of these fires was caused by ...

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USDA declares 44 counties disaster areas

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated 44 counties in Mississippi as primary natural disaster areas due a drought that occurred May 1-Dec. 31, 2010. The counties are: Amite, Hancock, Leflore, Quitman, Benton, Harrison, Lincoln, Sharkey, Bolivar, Hinds, Lowndes, Simpson, Carroll, Holmes, Marshall, Stone, Chickasaw, Issaquena, Monroe, Sunflower, Claiborne, Jefferson, Newton, Tallahatchie, Clay, Jefferson Davis, Noxubee, Tate, ...

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Dry as dust

Drought making Yazoo clay an issue Years ago, Dr. Larry Oldham used to frequently make the drive from Jackson to Vicksburg on Interstate 20. Like all travelers on that stretch of I-20, he had to negotiate the uneven, undulating roadbed. “One day I realized that the humps were moving; they were in different places,” Oldham said. Oldham is a soils specialist ...

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Drought turns state into kindling For the second time this year, state officials are in a high state of alert due to a spate of wildfires statewide. Wildfires have already claimed property across the state, but unlike the oil spill, have also already threatened lives. And, the drought conditions fostering the threat could have an impact that will be felt ...

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