Burn ban in effect for the entire state of Mississippi
A statewide burn ban is now in effect in Mississippi.
Governor Tate Reeves signed the proclamation that states under the ban outdoor burning of any kind is prohibited.
Officials say this ban was put in place to help reduce the strain on fire departments as they battle the COVID-19 pandemic.
Since March 1st officials say firefighters have responded to 189 wildfires. Fire Marshal Pat Sullivan said, “The burn ban was requested by fire chiefs across the state because of man power, staffing, and the situation we are in because of COVID-19. What we were finding is a lot of people were in the shelter-in-place, working around the house, and starting to burn things because they were doing work around the house while they were there and the fires were getting out of control, getting on to other people’s property, and resources that we were using for medical we’re having to go out and fight the woods fire and brush fire.”
Violating the burn ban could result in being fined and held responsible for smoke and fire damage.