On Monday, August 28, 2017, Mississippi Forestry Commission (MFC) employee Bill Kitchings (MFC Outreach Officer, Region 2) deployed to Texas as a member of the 2017 Southern Area Blue Team, a National Type-1 All-Hazard Incident Management Team. Mr. Kitchings will work with the team, which includes several other Mississippians, to fill the role of Supply Unit Leader.
On Sunday, August 20, 2017, the Mississippi Forestry Commission (MFC) deployed a twenty-person Type-2 Initial Attack (IA) crew to assist state and federal partners with wildfire suppression efforts in Montana.
UPDATED December 2017:
To monitor forest health issues, such as the southern pine beetle, the Mississippi Forestry Commission (MFC) completes aerial monitoring flights statewide each year in the spring and fall. Due to increased activity noted during the spring flight, additional flights were carried out to gather further information on private and publicly owned forestland in 15 counties that comprise and border Mississippi's National Forests.
Hazardous Trees Near Your Home - Severe Weather Tips
JACKSON, Miss. – The Mississippi Forestry Commission recommends having trees near your home inspected regularly for safety. After severe weather events, it is even more important to have a Certified Arborist assess these trees for damage.
EUPORA, Miss. - Mississippi Forestry Commission (MFC) employee, John David Morelan is a hometown hero. Last Thursday, April 6, 2017, Mr. Morelan was assisting in a search party effort for a person who had been missing since the previous Sunday, April 2, 2017. Mr. Morelan was off work, taking a few hours of personal time, but his firefighting instincts kicked in when he saw smoke from a wildfire, “I saw some smoke and had to call it in,” said Mr. Morelan. “We followed the smoke and found the missing person nearby.” Mr.
The Mississippi Forestry Commission recommends having trees around your home inspected regularly for safety. After severe weather events, it is even more important to have a Certified Arborist assess the trees around your home for damage. For more information about hazardous tree assessments for homeowners, visit: http://bit.ly/HomeownerTrees
Jackson, Miss. – The Mississippi Forestry Commission (MFC) conducted an aerial detection flight of the area affected by the EF-3 tornado that traveled through Lamar, Forrest, and Perry counties on January 21, 2017. The purpose was to assess damage to forested acreage and estimate the potential economic impact. To view a map of the tornadoes path, click here.
Jackson, Miss. - Effective December 9, 2016, all remaining County burn bans have been lifted. Please continue to use care when engaging in outdoor burning activities. Check the weather forecast - do not burn on windy days, and find out if there is a burn ban in your area before doing any outdoor burning.