More counties expected to be placed under burn ban

More counties expected to be placed under burn ban
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HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Currently 75 out of 82 counties are under a burn ban in the state of Mississippi.

Some bans are issued by the Mississippi Forestry Commission, and some are issued by the governor.

Most burn bans have an expiration date, but some burn bans have to be lifted by the governor.

However, after Forrest County issued a burn ban Wednesday, Perry County is the only county in the Pine Belt not under a burn ban.

The Perry County Board of Supervisors will discuss the possibility of a burn ban at a meeting Monday.

While under a burn ban residents are not allowed to light camp fires, bonfires, burn barrels, or fire pits. It's also illegal to burn debris or light fireworks.

According to the MFC, "anything with an open flame that produces an ember" violates the burn ban.

Burning while under a burn ban is a misdemeanor offense and those found guilty face a fine.