GOV. BARBOUR ISSUES STATEWIDE BURN BAN
JACKSON - Gov. Haley Barbour today declared a State of Emergency
banning all outdoor burning because of extremely dry conditions
statewide. The dry conditions have increased the risk for wildfires, and
forest fires already have burned wide areas of Mississippi, causing
damage to public and private property and timberland.
"Everyone across the state needs to take the threat of wildfire
seriously," Gov. Barbour said. "These dry conditions can cause fires
to quickly spread out of control. I urge everyone to be mindful of how
you dispose of flammable objects, such as cigarettes and matches, and to
refrain from burning trash or leaves."