A burn ban is now in effect for Adams County.
Due to recent dry conditions, the Mississippi Forestry Commission has implemented the ban, which is effective immediately and will last until October 19th.
The commission’s website provides a detailed list of prohibited activities during the ban.
Not allowed: Campfires, bonfires, fire pits, fire rings, burn barrels, debris burning, field burning – anything with an open flame that produces an ember. 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.
Allowed: Propane/ gas grills, propane/ gas heaters, and charcoal grills are allowed under burn bans. They should be used as described by their manufacturer’s instructions, located safely away from combustible materials, and never left unattended. If they are not disposed of properly after use, charcoal grill briquettes are of great concern. After use, always let the coals cool completely and douse in water before disposing of them in a metal container. The residual ash should be cold to the touch before disposal.
Burn ban issued in Adams County. With the lack of rainfall over the last three weeks, Mississippians across the state are encouraged to use EXTREME caution when doing any outdoor burning. 9 out of 10 #wildfires are human-caused. https://t.co/oXndUKiT3Q
— Jason Scott (@JaseMSU6) September 18, 2019
Any person who knowingly violates the ban could be charged with a misdemeanor and be forced to pay a fine of up to $500.