Wesley's Blog: Very dry weather could spark weekend wildfires

Wesley's Blog: Very dry weather could spark weekend wildfires

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - This weekend will bring very dry weather to much of the South, increasing the risk for wildfire development.

The National Weather Service has issued a Fire Weather Watch for ALL of the WLOX viewing area through Sunday evening. This could be later upgraded to a Red Flag Warning.

As of Sunday, none of the WLOX viewing area was under a burn ban. You can find a list of the latest Mississippi burn bans on the Mississippi Forestry Commission's website. However, a burn ban has been issued for the entire state of Louisiana until further notice.

Here are some fire safety tips from the National Weather Service: do not burn trash or yard debris; use extra caution with BBQ pits; do not discard cigarette butts from vehicles; if smoke is noted, promptly extinguish if can be done safely; notify fire department immediately if a wildfire is detected.

Due to lack of rainfall, low humidity, and very dry vegetation, critical fire weather conditions are forecast to occur.

South Mississippi's last significant rainfall occurred around late September. Where's the rain?

October is typically the driest month of the year in our region. But, this prolonged period of little to no rain has led to much of South Mississippi being placed under a moderate drought or worse.

This drought stretches from Texas to Alabama according to Thursday's monitor.

When will it rain next? Maybe around next Wednesday or Thursday. Long-range forecast models suggest we could see a surge of tropical moisture moving northward from near the Bay of Campeche toward the Gulf Coast around the middle and end of next week.

The WLOX Weather Team will inform you of South Mississippi's forecast on-air, online, and using social media tools like Facebook and Twitter.

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