Weather affecting firefighting efforts in Hancock County; 1800-2000 acres burned
WAVELAND, Miss. (WXXV) — The weather is playing a major role in the wildfire that continues to burn near the Lakeshore community in Hancock County.
The fire began Tuesday morning and has already burned nearly 2,000 acres. Crews have struggled to contain the blaze with adverse weather conditions.
Severe drought conditions along the coast have left vegetation dehydrated, creating plenty of fuel for the fire.
On Wednesday, gusty winds and low humidity only added to that problem, helping the fire spread quickly and sporadically. Red Flag Warnings were issued due to relative humidity levels in the 20 percentile range with northerly winds gusting up to 25 miles per hour.
As of Thursday morning, the humidity levels have increased along the Gulf Coast and that means there is more moisture content in the air. However, what fire fighters desperately need is rain.
There’s a good chance rain will come on Friday night, but the question now is: will it be enough?
The Mississippi State Forestry commission lifted a statewide burn ban on April 16, but some local burn bans are still in place.
On Friday, May 1, the Cities of Bay St. Louis and Waveland issued burn bans that are in effect until further notice. Additionally, a burn ban is in place for all of Harrison County for at least the next week.