Jackson County extends Burn Ban

JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - The Jackson County Board of Supervisors on Monday extended a burn ban for the entire county until June 20. The ban encompasses all four cities and the unincorporated areas.

Ray Watson, County Fire Coordinator, recommended continuing the burn ban in response to dry conditions and the growing threat of wild fires.

Despite some scattered rainfall in the last week, the amount of precipitation was not enough to correct the dry conditions.

The Burn Ban will remain for an additional two weeks, unless conditions improve. Violations of the burn ban carry a minimum $500 fine.

According to the National Weather Service the coastal counties are more than a 12 inches behind average rainfall for the year. The burn ban began on May 26.

All outside burning remains prohibited including barrel burning and campfires. Cooking on outside charcoal and gas grills is permitted. Grill users are asked to stay alert and use caution while working with open flames and hot embers.

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