PINE BELT (WDAM) - The Mississippi Forestry Commission issued a burn ban for Lamar, George, and Jasper counties.
There are 13 Pine Belt counties currently under a burn ban.
The following counties under a burn ban in the Pine Belt are:
- Jeff Davis
- Pearl River
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 more information about county burn bans, click here.