Harrison Co. cancels beach bonfires during burn ban

Harrison Co. cancels beach bonfires during burn ban

HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Due to the statewide burn ban, all bonfires on Harrison County beaches this weekend are canceled.

County officials have put a temporary stay on issuing bonfire permits in the interest of public safety. There are concerns that embers from the bonfires could spread across the street. No bonfires will be allowed until the burn ban is lifted.

Harrison County Sand Beach Authority Director Chuck Loftis said there are a couple options for those who applied for a permit this weekend.

"The people who had one for this weekend, they can either change the dates, hopefully to a later date, or they can ask for a refund back," said Loftis.

The burn ban will also impact campers at state parks like Paul B. Johnson where no campfires are allowed.

Anyone who intentionally violates the burn ban faces a fine between $100 and $500.

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