Burn bans still in place despite rain, to be lifted Monday

Published 12:03 am Saturday, July 14, 2012

NATCHEZ — Burn bans in both Adams County and Concordia Parish are expected to be lifted Monday, following a week of heavy rains in the Miss-Lou.

The bans were enacted on July 2 due to hot and dry conditions.

In Natchez and Adams County, an average of 2 to 3 inches of rainfall was measured this week, but several areas also received 5 to 6 inches, according to the National Weather Service.

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Concordia Parish set an indefinite burn ban, but Police Jury President Melvin Ferrington said he thinks the rain they’ve received this week, and forecasts for the coming week, will allow him to lift the ban Monday.

“I’ll sit down on Monday and see what the weather looks like for the rest of the week, but it’s likely we’ll go ahead and lift it that morning,” Ferrington said. “But until further notice, the burn ban is still in effect.”

In the parish, the burn ban applies to campfires and bonfires, but Ferrington said controlled burns are allowed if local fire department officials are present.

The Adams County no-exception burn ban is set to expire Tuesday at midnight.

Adams County Emergency Management Director Stan Owens said he is going to suggest the board of supervisors let the ban expire during their regular monthly meeting Monday morning.

“The ban is still in effect until Monday, but we’ve had a decent amount of rainfall this week and there’s a good chance of rain for the next several days,” Owens said. “I will suggest the supervisors just let the ban expire, but they can go ahead and lift it at the meeting.”

Supervisors President Darryl Grennell said he expects the ban to be lifted at the Monday morning meeting — just in case county residents can’t wait until midnight.

“With the amount of rainfall we’ve been receiving, I think the saturation of the soil will be sufficient to go ahead and lift the ban Monday morning,” Grennell said. “It’s only a 12-hour window either way, but there might be some people who are pressing for the ban to be lifted.”

National Weather Service forecasts predict showers and thunderstorms through the weekend and into next week.