Wildlife Service plans prescribed burn in Gautier

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The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is planning to conduct prescribed burn today at the Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge.

The potential burn site represents a total of 141 acres located west of Gautier-Vancleave Road across from Westgate Drive in the City of Gautier.

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Prescribed fires are an essential part of refuge management to restore the native wet pine savannah. Burning to remove hazardous fuels is also part of the service’s mission. Meteorological conditions favor smoke dispersal and provide for the issuance of a burn permit from the state.

The Refuge staff is trained in fire operations and maintains fire breaks around the Refuge. The public should be aware that smoke may move through some adjacent areas and that Refuge equipment & personnel will be in the area. There is a chance that roads in the area may be temporarily closed for safety reasons.