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.
#MSforestry Commission Wildland Firefighters suppressed and contained this giant 1041-acre #wildfire in Tippah County. The fire, located in Tiplersville, MS, damaged pasture and woods.
As we head into our wildfire season here in MS, please be extra cautious with outdoor burning. pic.twitter.com/7hq31JJkRS
— MS Forestry Commission (@MSForestryComm) February 14, 2022
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.