The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is planning to conduct prescribed firing operations today at the Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge. The potential burn site represents a total of 40 acres located just north of Interstate 10 mile markers 51-53 and west of Old Fort Bayou Road in Jackson County.
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. Current meteorological conditions allow for safe burning and favorable smoke dispersal.
The Refuge staff is highly 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 may be temporarily closed for safety reasons.