Mississippi man dies in wildfire accident

Mississippi man dies in wildfire accident

JACKSON, MS (WDAM) - A Mississippi man died in a wildfire related accident Thursday,according to The Mississippi Forestry Commission.

On Thursday MFC wildland firefighters were called to suppress a wildfire in Montgomery County.

A private landowner engaged in an agricultural field burning while his county was under a burn ban, according to a news release issued by MFC.

According to MFC, due to extreme drought conditions in the area, the fire escaped his control and spread quickly.

The fire overtook the man during his attempts to suppress the wildfire.

"We are deeply saddened by the news from Montgomery County," said Charlie Morgan, State Forester. "Wildfires can start with just a spark and spread quickly to endanger forestland, homes, and lives. Please do your part to help prevent wildfires by observing local burn bans and exercising proper fire safety."

In Mississippi, 67 out of 82 counties remain under burn bans. The Governor's partial state level burn ban, which offers no exemptions, and all individual county burn bans remain in effect through the weekend.

When a burn ban is in effect, it means no outdoor burning is allowed. Burn ban restrictions include campfires, bonfires, fire pits, fire rings, fireworks, burn barrels, brush piles, debris burning, field burning - anything that produces an ember has the potential to start a wildfire. The wind can carry floating embers away from the original fire and start a spot fire up to one-half mile away from the burning area.

Any person who knowingly and willfully violates a burning ban is guilty of a misdemeanor and may be fined not less than $100 and not more than $500. Fines are enforced by the local Sheriff's Department. Anyone that sets a fire is responsible for that fire and the smoke generated by that fire. If a fire escapes and burns or damages the lands/property of another, the person that set that fire is liable for those damages

Propane/ gas grills, propane/ gas heaters, and charcoal grills are allowed under burn bans. These devices do not produce an ember when they are in use. They should be used as described by their manufacturer's instructions, located safely away from combustible materials, and never left unattended.

For tips for outdoor burning, click here. 

To see if your county is under a burn ban, click here.