Controlled burns cause concern

By Elise Roberts - bio | email

VANCLEAVE, MS (WLOX) - Almost every week, depending on the weather, you may find a controlled burn somewhere in South Mississippi. However, if one Jackson County woman has her way, leaders will think twice about when and where they burn.

"I know for a fact that there are many people out there in the public that aren't happy with those burns," said Charlotte Banas.

Banas lives in Vancleave and she says controlled burns from the DeSoto National Forest and the Sandhill burns are causing big problems in her neighborhood and her home.

"We have to go inside if we're outside working in my vegetable garden or my husband is working outside. We have to go inside and turn on the air conditioning because otherwise we get headaches, sinus problems," said Banas.

There are several types of controlled burns. Some are used to prevent wildfires, others are used for agricultural purposes. But Banas says what people don't know is that controlled burns may be hazardous to your health.

"There are some definite hazards not to mention those folks sitting up in the hospital because their respiratories were compromised to begin with. They are exposed to the smoke and can end up having an asthma attack," said Banas.

The federal government follows strict guidelines as to when and where to burn; however, this resident just hopes the controlled burns don't get out of control.