JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - At the request and advice of the Mississippi Firestry Commission, Gov. Phil Bryant has signed a proclamation initiating a statewide burn ban, effective immediately.
“Much of the state is experiencing significant drought conditions,” said MFC state forester Russell Bozeman. “Almost half of Mississippi’s 82 counties have implemented burn bans due to the extremely dry conditions.”
During the month of September, MFC wildlife firefighters responded to and suppressed 293 wildfires that burned approximately 4,200 acres throughout the state.
These fires have threatened hundreds of homes and building.
Under a statewide burn ban, outdoor burning of any kind is prohibited.
A person caught violating a burn ban can be fined, as well as being held responsible for any damages caused from a fire.
To report a wildfire, call 911 or contact MFC’s Central Dispatch at 877-MFC-FIRE.