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.
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.