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MFC approves Pike County burn ban

The Mississippi Forestry Commission (MFC), at the request of the Pike County Board of Supervisors, has approved a county-wide burn ban, effective immediately.

The MFC approved the request due to increased wildfire activity and increased fire weather. The Pike County burn ban will remain in effect until March 31.

Exemptions for this burn ban are:

  1. Mississippi Forestry Commission
  2. Certified Burn Managers
  3. Commercial contractors with heavy construction equipment, providing that said burn meets Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) regulations. Read MDEQ’s open burning regulations on their website.

A burn ban means no outdoor burning of any kind. Under state law, anyone caught burning during a burn ban may be fined up to $500. Individuals are also responsible for any damage caused by the flame or smoke from a fire they set.

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