Parish field fires leave smoky haze downtown

Published 12:05am Friday, March 22, 2013

NATCHEZ — Natchez fire officials said the smoky haze in downtown Natchez was caused by smoke from fires being burned to clear farm fields in Concordia Parish.

Officials said humid conditions were forcing the smoke down and making it hang at ground level in Adams County.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, that’s the ticket! We’ll wait until the wind is blowing towards Downtown Natchez and then we’ll smoke them out! We’ll make sure it’s during SPRING PILGRIMAGE so all of the Tourists and local populace can get a really good whiff!
    What kind of Louisiana Losers allow this burning of the fields with no thought of anyone but themselves???

  • Anonymous

    I hope you’re not fussing with a mouth full of food.

  • Anonymous

    Ha! Good one! But in all seriousness, the smoke just laid here in downtown and wouldn’t dissipate. It stunk pretty bad too. The timing of the burn (whatever it was) could’ve been in better weather conditions.

  • Anonymous

    So you want the farmers to wait until it’s dry and windy???? That’s really smart…….

  • Anonymous

    Is that what I said? No, that’s not what I said, obviously. Reading comprehension…please.

  • Anonymous

    There was no problem with comprehension here. You said wait until there were better weather conditions. The weather was still and humid, the opposite of which is dry and windy. The farmers can’t afford to wait on what you would consider better weather conditions. They are on a limited time frame and have to take advantage of conditions beneficial to them. Maybe you should work on your comprehension of the situation.

  • Anonymous

    Really, dry & windy is your only option to yesterday’s weather conditions? How about the DIRECTION of the wind, or the VELOCITY of the wind, are those part of weather conditions? How “still” was that wind that the smoke landed in Natchez? I bet you the farmers were smart enough not to burn if the the smoke was going to go towards their own house, or their neighbor’s houses for that matter, but towards the neighboring city across the river? Who cares, right? I comprehend just fine thank you.

  • Anonymous

    Do you truly believe that any farmer, even one, who has to worry about weather, crop prices, pesticide and herbicide applications, getting equipment to the field and keeping it running once it gets there, is going to pick a day to burn off a field so that the wind is blowing across the neighboring fields, the Mississippi River and up the bluff just to irritate the tender sensibilities of someone miles away in Natchez…. or ANYWHERE else? Or what the odds would be against doing such a thing on purpose, successfully, if one were to try?

    Surely you jest. That is as unreasonable as if, say, a farmer complained that the balloon race folks conspired to send balloons in a direction over his cows, upsetting them mightily with their dragon-like roar and belching of fire. Pray instead for a clearing breeze.