Active County Burn Bans
Updated 10/16/2019 - 8:45 a.m.
A burn ban means no outdoor burning of ANY KIND.
Burn bans are normally requested by the County Board of Supervisors and approved by the Mississippi Forestry Commission. All burn bans expire at midnight on the stated date of expiration. 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. Burn bans are enforced by the local Sheriff's Department.
Not allowed: Campfires, bonfires, fire pits, fire rings, burn barrels, debris burning, field burning - anything with an open flame that produces an ember. The wind can carry floating embers away from the original fire and start a spot fire up to one-half mile away from the burning area.
Allowed: Propane/ gas grills, propane/ gas heaters, and charcoal grills are allowed under burn bans. They should be used as described by their manufacturer’s instructions, located safely away from combustible materials, and never left unattended. If they are not disposed of properly after use, charcoal grill briquettes are of great concern. After use, always let the coals cool completely and douse in water before disposing of them in a metal container. The residual ash should be cold to the touch before disposal
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 Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) regulations. MDEQ's open burning regulations can be found on their website, click here for more information.
- Agricultural field burn