It seems like an odd combination of announcements to come at the same time.
Yazoo County is under a burn ban due to extremely dry conditions, and Wolf Lake is closed to boaters due to high water.
Jack Willingham, Yazoo County’s Emergency Management director, said the causes of the two problems are unrelated.
The burn ban is due to a lack of local rainfall in recent weeks. The ban will remain in place until further notice. Although the area got heavy rainfall the previous month, July has been a dry month in Yazoo County.
Wolf Lake’s flooding problems are caused by backwater from the Mississippi River. The river reached cresting stage at Vicksburg this week, but backwater flooding continues. The river has crested and will fall very slowly over the next 5 days.
According to the National Weather Service, the river was at 45.8 feet at Vicksburg Tuesday morning. The flood stage is 43 feet.
Many homes on Wolf Lake are in danger of flooding, and boat traffic causes wakes that make the problem worse.
“That’s why the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks has decided to close the public boating ramps,” Willingham said.