PEARL RIVER COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Tinder dry branches crackle as Joe Miles and his crew from the Mississippi Forestry Commission walk to a section of burned woods off Jess Williams Road in Pearl River County. They're checking for any hot spots in a wildfire that consumed more than 375 acres.
With the strong smell of fire scorched woods still lingering, Miles talked about the powder dry conditions and the governor enacting a statewide burn ban.
"It's as dry as I can remember for this time of year," said Miles. "We're talking about a near record in terms of dry condition and drought."
The numbers best illustrate the severity. His crews have responded to 46 wildfires the past five days in the ten county southeast region. Those fires charred some 2500 plus acres.
Miles urges people not to do any outside burning until we receive some significant rainfall.