Controlled Burns Scheduled At Sandhill Crane Refuge - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Controlled Burns Scheduled At Sandhill Crane Refuge

If you see smoke billowing out from the Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge in Gautier over the next few weeks, you can relax. It's not a wildfire. It's a controlled burn.

The refuge burns thousands of acres each year to restore the habitat for the cranes and reduce wildfires danger. For the next few weeks, wildlife biologist Scott Hereford says the refuge will burn up to 3,000 acres.

Despite the dry spring, Hereford says there's enough moisture to make sure the burns don't get out of hand.

"We did have an extended draught, but recently we've had up to 6 inches of rain, so right now the draught index is below average for this time of year. There's plenty of water out there, the soil moisture is pretty good. As long as we have good weather and high enough humidity we'll go ahead and burn. But we'll take each day and each department on a case by case basis," Hereford said.

Hereford says the refuge didn't start any burns Monday because of some weather problems. The last controlled burn on the refuge was in March.

  • NEWSMore>>

  • Heavy rains cause sporadic flash flooding issues

    Heavy rains cause sporadic flash flooding issues

    Monday, July 24 2017 10:10 AM EDT2017-07-24 14:10:21 GMT
    Monday morning rain has created ponds on local streets (Photo Source: WLOX News Now)Monday morning rain has created ponds on local streets (Photo Source: WLOX News Now)

    A series of showers soaked coastal Mississippi Monday morning. The downpours created ponding on local roads. Neighborhood streets have flood waters covering them. Gulf Park Estates is under a flood advisory because of the rain. And the National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for Stone County.

    More >>

    A series of showers soaked coastal Mississippi Monday morning. The downpours created ponding on local roads. Neighborhood streets have flood waters covering them. Gulf Park Estates is under a flood advisory because of the rain. And the National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for Stone County.

    More >>
  • Marriage equality celebrated in Biloxi

    Marriage equality celebrated in Biloxi

    Sunday, July 23 2017 11:03 PM EDT2017-07-24 03:03:50 GMT

    On Saturday, marriage equality was celebrated. An event called One Night Out showcased the positive reaction to the federal law from 2015 that guaranteed marriage equality. 

    More >>

    On Saturday, marriage equality was celebrated. An event called One Night Out showcased the positive reaction to the federal law from 2015 that guaranteed marriage equality.

    More >>
  • Coast kids headed to Junior Olympics

    Coast kids headed to Junior Olympics

    Sunday, July 23 2017 7:46 PM EDT2017-07-23 23:46:29 GMT

    Six Gulf Coast kids will be heading to Kansas City Missouri for the Prestigious Junior Olympics.

    More >>

    Six Gulf Coast kids will be heading to Kansas City Missouri for the Prestigious Junior Olympics.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly