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Hinds issues burn ban as crews battle grass fire

Eight Mississippi counties are under a burn ban. (Source: Mississippi Forestry Commission) Eight Mississippi counties are under a burn ban. (Source: Mississippi Forestry Commission)
HINDS COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Hinds County officials have issued a burn ban due to a lack of rain and increase in grass fires in the county.

The ban is in effect from now until Oct. 18. It includes all recreational fires and controlled burns with the exception of commercial contractors with heavy construction equipment that meet the state's regulations.

The ban was announced as crews battled a grass fire on Gonia Road south of Raymond in Hinds County.

For more information and the full list of counties under a burn ban, check out the Mississippi Forestry Commission's website.

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