HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Expect to see smoke on the northern horizon today. The U.S. Forest Service is burning off some 800 acres in the Desoto National Forest near the Harrison/Stone County line.
Rain has hampered this year's prescribed burning season. So far, crews have burned off just over 37,000 acres. In a typical year, that number would be around 60,000 acres by now. Today's burn is in an area that's prime habitat for the endangered gopher tortoise.
A similar prescribed burn is taking place at the Sandhill Crane Refuge in Jackson County.