JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - South Jones Firefighters responded to an out of control brush fire Monday afternoon that scorched a field and burned an outdoor building. But the fire was quickly brought under control and no one was injured.
It highlights how dry and dangerous conditions are for even a small brush fire to have serious consequences. Because of the lack of rain, high temperatures and low humidity, these are conditions that are ideal for out of control brush fires. Jones County Fire Coordinator Dan McKenna advised residents to pay attention to wind conditions and never leave a fire unattended.
"We want the public to make sure that they utilize their guidelines for open burning and refrain from burning in the prime conditions, try to do it at night when the humidity comes up a little bit higher," McKenna said. "Be sure you have your tools assembled, a hose line available, a garden hose and you know you can always give our office a call here to check and make sure that the conditions are appropriate. If you're going to be able to do it, but we're discouraging any large burns of large brush fires at this time."
McKenna also advised to keep a phone handy anytime you start a fire just in case it gets out of control.