Mississippi Forestry Commission Says No to Using Fire for Food Plot Preparation

Food plot preparation: fire is not the answer.

Jackson, MS, September 15, 2019 --(PR.com)-- Fire is a useful tool when it comes to removing unwanted vegetation from a piece of land. However, fire is also one of the most destructive and uncontrollable forces on the planet. Even with extensive training, fire is difficult to contain and suppress once it reaches wildfire status.

“This week, people burning off food plots have started wildfires in areas of the state,” said Mississippi Forestry Commission (MFC) state forester, Russell Bozeman. “While fire is a useful tool, it should be respected and used responsibly.”

As hunters across the state begin preparing food plots for deer season, the MFC is reminding everyone to be cautious and responsible when using fire. Pay attention to the weather forecast, do not burn on windy days, look for any burn bans, make sure there is a fire lane around your burn area, wear the appropriate protective equipment and remember, safety begins with preparation.

“When a person starts a fire, they are responsible, under Mississippi law, for any damages caused by the flame or smoke from that fire,” said Bozeman. “Nearly nine out of 10 wildfires are human-caused, and completely preventable.”

The MFC encourages Mississippians to use other, safer alternatives to preparing food plots if there is low confidence fire can be used safely.

“Smokey Bear’s words, ‘Only you can prevent wildfires,’ are what people need to remember before starting a fire,” Bozeman said.

For more information, visit mfc.ms.gov, or like and follow @MSForestryComm on Facebook and Twitter.

The mission of the Mississippi Forestry Commission is to provide active leadership in forest protection, forest management, forest inventory, and effective forest information distribution, necessary for Mississippi's sustainable forest-based economy. Established in 1926, the Mississippi Forestry Commission protects the state’s valuable 19.8 million acres of forestland from wildfire, manages approximately 480,000 acres of forested School Trust Land and delivers quality forest management services and assistance to both rural and urban landowners. To learn more about the Mississippi Forestry Commission, please visit www.mfc.ms.gov and like and follow the MFC on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube at @MSForestryComm.
Mississippi Forestry Commission
Jason Scott