Burn ban still in effect

Published 12:03 am Wednesday, October 28, 2015

NATCHEZ — While the Mississippi statewide burn ban has been lifted, the local one put in place by the Adams County Board of Supervisors remains in effect.

The supervisors first adopted a burn ban in September due to dry conditions. It was later extended to Oct. 31.

On Oct. 20, Gov. Phil Bryant declared a statewide burn ban. He lifted it Tuesday at the request of the Mississippi Forestry Commission. The state has received significant rainfall in recent days.

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While the governor’s move opened up the avenue for some burning in the state, the forestry commission said in a news release Tuesday local jurisdictions still have the authority to enforce burn bans.

A spokesperson for the Adams County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday afternoon the ban in Adams County remains in effect until the supervisors act to change it.

The U.S. Drought Monitor lists Concordia Parish, as well as portions of Adams County, as being in extreme drought. Other portions of Adams County are considered to be in severe or moderate drought.

Violation of a burn ban can result in fine of $100 to $500.