JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - The Jackson County Board of Supervisors has extended a burn ban for the entire county until July 11.
All outside burning remains prohibited including barrel burning and campfires. The ban encompasses all four cities and the unincorporated areas.
Ray Watson, County Fire Coordinator, recommended continuing the burn ban for an additional three weeks in response to dry conditions and the continued threat of wild fires. Violations of the burn ban carry a minimum $500 fine.
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.
"If at anytime during these three weeks the County receives a sufficient amount of rain- and by sufficient I mean 6 to 8 inches spread over a week- then the ban can be lifted. We need a slow soaking rain to make a real difference. This will let the ground and vegetation absorb the water," Watson explained.
The Board also voted to ban the individual use of fireworks in the unincorporated areas. Firework sales are still allowed inside the County. The Sheriff's Department will respond to reports of violations of using individual fireworks in unincorporated areas.
According to Watson, "Individuals using fireworks that result in subsequent fire and property damage could be individually liable for any and all damages caused."
For more information, call the Fire District Office at (228) 769-3110.