Brush fires continue to plague area firefighters

By Jeff Daley

JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A rash of brush fires in the last week have stretched volunteer departments in the Pine Belt to their limit.

In Jones and Lamar Counties alone there have been over 30 in the last week. Lamar County Fire Coordinator George Stevens said that on two occasions this week all available firefighters were busy fighting brush fires and if a structure fire had occurred they may not have been able to get there in time.

According to Jones County Fire Coordinator  Dan McKenna conditions are not conducive this time of year for burning.

"With dry conditions, the lack of rain, the low humidity, and the high winds make it very susceptible to a wild fire that could make it very devastating," said McKenna.

McKenna added if you must burn the best time to do so is in the early evening when the winds die and the temperatures drop.

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