Official: Please don’t burn in Pontotoc County

county_pontotoc_greenBy David Helms

Pontotoc Progress

PONTOTOC – The message to residents from Pontotoc County Fire Coordinator Adam Patton is clear.

“Don’t burn,” Patton pleaded Thursday afternoon after at least three wildfires had burned an estimated 35 acres in Pontotoc County.

“It’s too crazy out there right now with the fire conditions we have,” Patton said.

“The grass is too crispy right now, and the wind is going to blow,” he said.

Even with the rain that may fall in parts of the county over the weekend, Patton said conditions are too dangerous to burn.

Last month, Pontotoc County Supervisors issued a burn ban, but it expired March 1.

“Until the grass greens up and we get a lot of rain, the chance for wildfires is just too dangerous,” he said.

On Thursday, fire departments from Hurricane, Thaxton and Ecru battled a wildfire for almost three hours near the Hurricane community on White Road and Thaxton Road.

“It burned up at least four acres of pasture land, and it got 10 bales of hay and an old abandoned house,” Patton said.

Patton said Thursday he’s not sure how the fire started.

“Well, we heard someone was burning in a yard, and then we heard that it started from the road,” he said.

While that fire was burning near the Hurricane community, the Pontotoc Fire Department responded to another wildfire behind the McGregor Chapel Substation on old Highway 6 west.

Pontotoc Fireman Barry Carnes said the blaze burned an estimated 30 acres between Gilmer Road and Moore Road.

The wildfire destroyed a shed and endangered some mobile homes on Moore Lane.

“The Forestry Service crew plowed a fire lane to help stop it, but it got probably within 100 feet of some mobile homes,” Carnes said.

david.helms@journalinc.com