Statewide Burn Ban Lifted
Effective October 26, 2015, Governor Phil Bryant issued a proclamation lifting the statewide burn ban. The statewide burn ban was lifted as a result of increased precipitation, forecasted weather patterns, and decreased fire occurrence throughout the state of Mississippi.
There are still several counties that will remain under individual burn bans which were issued prior to the statewide burn ban. For the counties that are still under burn bans, each County Board of Supervisors has the option to lift their burn ban, allow it to expire on the predetermined deadline, or to extend their burn ban. The option they choose will likely depend on the rainfall amount, wildfire occurrence, and weather forecast for their area.
The Mississippi Forestry Commission would like to commend our wildland firefighters, who did an outstanding job during this dangerous time. Each one of them worked long hours to protect people’s lives, properties, and our state’s natural resources.
Please continue to use care when engaging in outdoor burning activities even though the statewide ban has been lifted. Remember: nine out of ten wildfires are caused by humans and are completely preventable. Do not burn on windy days and observe weather conditions before you do any outdoor burning.
Attached is a list of counties that will remain under a county burn ban as of today (10-26-15 at 4:35 pm). This list will be updated on our website as counties send in requests to lift their burn bans (click here to view the most updated list of burn bans). If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact the Mississippi Forestry Commission with the contact information listed above.
|County||Date Issued||Date Expires||Exemptions
|JeffersonDavis Co.||09-08-2015||Until Further Notice||1|
|Lauderdale Co.||09-25-2015||Until Further Notice||2,3|
|Washington Co.||10-05-2015||Until Further Notice||1|
|Tallahatchie Co.||10-05-2015||Until Further Notice||1|
|Attala Co.||10-13-2015||Until Further Notice||2,3|
|Jones Co.||10-15-2015||Until Further Notice||1|
|Wayne Co.||10-16-2015||Until Further Notice||2,3|
|Leake Co.||10-19-2015||Until Further Notice||2,3,5|
Any person who knowingly and willfully violates a burning ban is guilty of a misdemeanor and may be fined not less than $100 and not more than $500. Section 49-19-351 of MS Code of 1972, as amended).
Types of Exemptions:
- No exemptions from this burn ban
- Mississippi Forestry Commission
- Certified Burn Managers
- County Fire Services
- Commercial contractors with heavy construction equipment, providing that said burn meets the State’s DEQ regulations. MDEQ regulations regarding open burning of brush piles require a separation distance of 1,500 feet from a residence without forced air assistance and 500 feet with forced air assistance.
- Agriculture field burn