JACKSON COUNTY, Miss. (WLOX) - If you see smoke north of Interstate 10 near Gautier Friday, don’t worry. It’s a planned burn at the Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge.
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is planning to burn a total of 326 acres located approximately one-half mile east of North Baker Road and one-third mile north of Interstate 10 mile marker 59 within the City of Gautier.
Prescribed fires are used to remove hazardous fuels and restore the native wet pine savannah. Recent rains mean Wednesday’s conditions are safe for burning, and are also favorable for smoke dispersal.