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MFC Responds to Wildfire on I-10 in Hancock County

On Friday, the Mississippi Forestry Commission (MFC) and several local, state, and federal partners swiftly mobilized to combat a wildfire that broke out between the 8-9 mile marker on I-10. The dedicated crew has been working tirelessly to contain the fire, which is currently around 50 percent contained. Furthermore, an effective fire containment line has been established, encompassing approximately 80 percent of the fire. The MFC appreciates its partners and the additional air support provided by a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service helicopter.

As of Sunday at 4:00 p.m., it has been reported that the wildfire has affected an estimated 1,426 acres. Since yesterday, 800 acres have been impacted. No structural damage has been reported. The MFC and its partners are actively working to contain the fire.

Mississippi is currently facing elevated fire weather conditions, which have significantly increased the potential for control-resistant wildfires. Yesterday, there were 29 reported wildfires, and most of them were in the southern region. The combination of elevated fire weather, dry to critically dry vegetation, and strong winds poses a specific threat. The potential for fire ignition in brush, debris, and fuel remains high, especially considering the proximity to critical drought monitor levels.

Looking ahead, the MFC anticipates an increased risk of significant wildfires that are resistant to control in the near future. The agency is implementing a centralized command center and mobilizing an incident management team. 

Currently, there are burn bans in effect in 9 counties. County officials determine and vote to implement burn bans and then are sent to MFC for approval. Everyone must exercise extreme caution and refrain from any burning activities during this time. Stay informed about the burn bans in your area by visiting the burn ban page here. MFC expects an increase in the number of burn bans in the near future to ensure public safety and prevent further wildfires.

To keep the public well-informed, the MFC will send regular updates as needed through social and traditional media channels. 

For more information and updates, follow the MFC on social media @MSforestryComm.