Prescribed Burns Being Conducted in MS to Prevent Wildfires

Many of you may have noticed a lot of smoke coming from wooded areas as you’re driving along the Coast. Those are not wildfires.

They are prescribed burns conducted by the Desoto Ranger District. They conduct these burns every two or three years to get rid of some of the brush buildup on the forest floor. A buildup of too much brush can result in a wildfire and rangers tell News 25 that live brush in south Mississippi can be very dangerous.

Jay Boykin, District Fire Management for the U.S.D.A. Forest Service, says, “We do the prescribed burns to reduce that fuel. By reducing that fuel, we’re able to decrease the possibility of a wildfire, especially a dangerous wildfire.”

Boykin tells News 25 these burns are also beneficial to most wildlife and plant life in the area.

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