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Jones County officials warn residents of burn ban violations

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JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) -

After having a burn ban in effect for only one day, Jones County officials said violations are already occurring.

Dry conditions have resulted in several fires around the area the past couple of days.

The burn ban was granted by the Mississippi Forestry Commission, but what does this mean for the residents in the area?

“At this time, it's a burn ban completely, there's no exceptions to the burn ban, the Jones County Sheriff's Department will be enforcing the burn ban, they can receive a fine of $100 up to $500,” Jones County Fire Coordinator Dan McKenna said.

And that fine is not all the violator could receive, there could also be legal action taken.

“You can be civilly held liable for any damage that might occur so in other words, they have the ability to sue you,” McKenna said.

McKenna said that if you see someone burning in your area that is under a burn ban, you can do either one of two things: go directly to them if you know them or call 911.
With no moisture below ground and a lot of fuel above ground, think twice before starting that fire.  

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