Red Flag Warning in seven states, Feb. 14

Wildfire in Mississippi burned more than 1,000 acres

Red Flag Warnings, Feb. 14, 2022 fire wildfire
Red Flag Warnings issued by the NWS, Feb. 14, 2022.

The National Weather Service has issued Red Flag Warnings for Monday February 14 for areas in New Mexico, Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Florida.

It is not common to see Red Flag Warnings in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi. Take a look at the video below  posted today of a fire in northeast Mississippi that burned 1,041 acres; it’s a very interesting burn pattern.

I checked with Tyler Thomas who is an Area Forester for the Mississippi Forestry Commission (MFC) who told us the fire occurred January 31 and February 1. In addition to the personnel from local fire departments, the MFC had five firefighters on it which included two dozers with swampers. When they arrived it had already burned about 1,000 acres and when the spread was stopped it was about three miles long.

I mentioned to Mr. Thomas what looked like in the aircraft video an unusual burn pattern, but he said it was all one fire and there was no major spotting out ahead of the main fire.

UPDATE Feb 19, 2022: The map below shows the estimated perimeter of the fire in NE Mississippi, based on imagery. The fire was named, 1686 County Road 202 Fire.

Fire in NE Mississippi
Fire in NE Mississippi, estimated perimeter Feb. 1, 2022.

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.

3 thoughts on “Red Flag Warning in seven states, Feb. 14”

  1. Real need for everyone to be wise in what they even do around their own house or throw out the window of their car. It’s so dry in so many areas that even a cigarette butt can be like throwing a match to gasoline. But we also must be wise in what is utilized if fighting these fires. Must be wise in utilizing environmentally friendly products. Read the SDS sheets before you purchase. Green must mean just that! GREEN!! Let’s Talk!

  2. Red flag Warnings this early in the season will require great thinking about how to stop conflagration fires in cities and major metropolitan area’s!!
    Stay safe men and women fire rider’s???

    ⚡️ Iceman ??? ??? ???. ????✡️?✝️?? Shalom


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