Jones County urges caution when outdoor burning

Jones County urges caution when outdoor burning

The Jones County Fire Council is advising residents to use extreme caution at this time when doing any outdoor burning.

The recent lack of rain has made for some very dry conditions. Combine that with high winds and low humidity, you get conditions that are ripe for out of control brush fires. Though rain is expected in the next few days, it most likely will not be enough to improve the conditions.

Fire Coordinator Dan McKenna advises that if the winds are high do not burn, pay attention to where the humidity is at, never leave a fire unattended, and a water hose should be readily available.

"This past week we've lost three structures in brush fires and these conditions are not conducive to burning," said McKenna. "We strongly urge folks at this time of the year to be extremely cautious about burning."

McKenna says brush fires can get away from you in a heartbeat.