Jones firefighters battle first grass fire since burn ban

JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - Jones County firefighters braved the intense heat Saturday to battle a mile-long grass fire east of Laurel...the first such fire since a county-wide burn ban went into effect last Monday. Fire investigators say a fire along the westbound lane of Highway 84 was most likely caused by a blown tire from a semi-truck.

No one was injured and the fire was put out quickly.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Drought Monitor is reporting that all of Jones County, along with much of South Mississippi, is continuing to suffer from a moderate to severe drought.

"All of Jones County is in a moderate drought, with the southern one-fifth in a severe drought," said Lance Chancellor of the Jones County Fire Council. "So, things are abnormally dry. We've had some rainfall lately, some scattered pop-up showers, but have not really done a lot to alleviate the drought conditions," Chancellor said.

"The burn ban has been very effective and I think we owe the people of Jones County a thank you for using the restraint that they have in not burning," said Jones County Fire Coordinator Dan McKenna.

He says the countywide burn ban remains in effect until July 6.

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