HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - It reduces the risk of dangerous wildfire, helps rejuvenate the forest and improves the vegetation for feeding wildlife. The U.S. Forest Service set fire to 400+ acres of Desoto National Forest in the Success community off Highway 67.
This is a busy time of year for such prescribed burn activity, says Jay Boykin with the Forest Service.
"Weather conditions have to be right before we'll burn," he says, "Not just temperature, humidity and wind, but also things like mixing winds and transport wind."
Those factors help control how quickly and how wide the smoke will spread from a prescribed burn.
The main benefit from Monday's blaze is reducing wildfire fuel. By burning off dry brush and vegetation under somewhat controlled conditions, it reduces the risk and severity of future wildfires.