Prescribed Burn Keeps Wildfire Away from Freeway

Bayou Savage National Wildlife Refuge - 2006

On May 11th a passing line of thunderstorms ignited a wildfire on Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge in southern Mississippi. This fire occurred on a refuge unit between Lake Pontchartrain and Interstate 10 that was prescribe-burned two years ago. Because fuels were reduced in the area the fire spread slowly and was easily contained at 16 acres. Strong north winds that day were causing humidity levels to drop rapidly and could have resulted in a large fire with dangerous smoke conditions on the freeway had it not been for the fuel break created by the prescribed burn area.

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