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Wildfire Blankets Biloxi in Smoke
by Keith Burton
Photos by Eric Cox Special to GCN       Filed 6/6/06

Extremely dry conditions are again sparking wildfires along the Coast. Monday afternoon, Harrison County firemen were called to a large woods fire just north of Biloxi near Lamey Bridge Road and Highway 67. The fire sent a huge plume of smoke into air and the prevailing winds blew the the cloud over the Biloxi peninsula. The cloud filtered the sunlight making the light an eerie gold color on the ground.

Signs along Lamey Bridge and White Plains roads advise motorists to be cautious because of the smoke.

The huge pillar of smoke could be seen for miles towering just north of city.  The photo below left shows the cloud as seen from the Cedar Lake Road area in North Biloxi. Firefighters contained the fire but the possibility remains that additional fires could break out anywhere on the Coast. A burn ban has been established for all three Coast counties.

The National Drought Mitigation Center reports that the Coast is currently in a "Severe Drought" condition. And while there has been some rain in recent weeks, there has not been enough rain to keep area forests wet enough to prevent fires from springing up.

Jackson County supervisors say at least two inches of rain must fall this week if that county's burn ban is to be lifted by the next Board meeting.

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