GAUTIER, MS (WLOX) - If you see smoke in Gautier Wednesday, it's likely coming from a prescribe burn scheduled at the Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge.
The potential burn site is 348 acres located approximately one-mile east-northeast of North Baker Road within the City of Gautier.
Crews use these fires to restore the native wet pine savannah. Burning to remove hazardous fuels is also part of the U.S> Fish & Wildlife Service's mission.
Recent rains have made burning much safer and meteorological conditions favor smoke dispersal Wednesday. Those conditions allowed for a burn permit to be issued by the State.