Fire Chief: Burn ban still in effect in Harrison County

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The Harrison County Fire Department wants residents to remember the county is still under a burn ban.

The burn ban went into effect just after Hurricane Zeta. Fire Chief Pat Sullivan says the ban is necessary because of all the debris the storm left behind.

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Due to high winds and low humidity the county is currently experiencing, Chief Sullivan says burning any debris no matter how small could cause a fire to spread quickly and get out of control. “We’ve had over 20 structure fires since the storm. That’s a lot of structures, that is a lot of homes that have burnt. Not burning will keep us from having to have our firefighters fight woods fires, brush fires, and we have had a number of those. Once again because of the low humidity and the high winds, the conditions are favorable for a fire to get out of control and it just takes a minute.”

Chief Sullivan says he hopes this weekend’s weather conditions will allow for the burn ban to be lifted by Monday.