Winds keep burn ban in effect

Published 12:00 am Thursday, February 2, 2006

vidalia &8212;The recent rain has done a world of good for farmers and firefighters, but still more is needed before the Concordia Parish Police Jury will lift the burn ban in place.

&8220;We&8217;ve gotten some rain, but there&8217;s some wind following it to dry it out,&8221; jury President Melvin Ferrington said.

According to, Vidalia and Ferriday have recorded .97 and .99 inches of rain, respectively, this month.

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Ferrington said he would consult Concordia Fire Station No. 2 Chief Nolen Cothren early next week to see about lifting the ban.

&8220;If we get another rain like we had, I think we can expect to lift the ban after the weekend,&8221; Ferrington said.

Burning leaves, trash or limbs anywhere in the parish is prohibited under the ban.

The police jury voted in its Jan. 9 meeting to institute the ban. Since that time Cothren reported no major incidents, though there have been some people violating the ban. He agreed with Ferrington in keeping the ban on despite the recent rain.

&8220;The wind&8217;s blowing and the sun&8217;s back out and it&8217;ll dry it right out,&8221; he said.

Cothren is in Baton Rouge at a Unified Command for Catastrophic Incidents conference. He said parishes all over the state have bans on, and those that don&8217;t soon will.

&8220;I talked to one chief who&8217;d taken it off temporarily, but he said he was going to have to put it back on soon because its going to dry right back up.&8221;

Natchez has recorded 1.51 inches of rain for the month; there is no burn ban in place for Adams County.