1 dead after wildfire in Montgomery County

Officials: Victim was burning field

Joseph Henson
Joseph Henson

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Miss. (WJTV) — One person is dead after a wildfire in Montgomery County.

Family members identify the victim as 63-year-old Joseph Henson. He died trying to suppress the wildfire.

According to the Mississippi Forestry Commission, he was agriculturally field burning when the wildfire got out of control. Officials said he tried to put the fire out, but it got out of control and spread quickly.

Henson’s wife said the wildfire happened on their land behind their home on Winfrey Rd. in Kilmichael.

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Montgomery County is under a burn ban because of the extremely dry conditions. At last check, 69 of the 82 counties in the state are under a burn ban.

MFC said they want to express their condolences s to the victim’s family and friends. They also want to bring more light on the importance of burn bans statewide.

“We are deeply saddened by the news from Montgomery County,” said Charlie Morgan, State Forester. “Wildfires can start with just a spark and spread quickly to endanger forestland, homes, and lives. Please do your part to help prevent wildfires by observing local burn bans and exercising proper fire safety.

MFC said nine out of ten wildfires nationwide are caused by people and could have been prevented with proper care.

Remember these guidelines during burn bans:

  • When a burn ban is in effect, it means no outdoor burning is allowed.
  • Burn ban restrictions include campfires, bonfires, fire pits, fire rings, fireworks, burn barrels, brush piles, debris burning, field burning or anything that produces an ember has the potential to start a wildfire.
  • The wind can carry floating embers away from the original fire and start a spot fire up to one-half mile away from the burning area.
  • Any person who knowingly and willfully violates a burning ban is guilty of a misdemeanor and may be fined not less than $100 and not more than $500.

Propane/gas grills, propane/gas heaters, and charcoal grills are allowed under burn bans because they don’t produce ember when in use.

MFC said nine out of ten wildfires nationwide are caused by people and could have been prevented with proper care.

Get a list of burn bans here.

 

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