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Month-long burn ban in effect: Without rain, ban will be extended

Lincoln County is currently under a burn ban, according to the Mississippi Forestry Commission.

Steve Williams, with MFC, said the county will remain under a ban until Sept. 7. The ban was issued Thursday.

Williams said if there is no significant rain between now and then, the commission will recommend that the county extend the burn ban.

Burn bans are requested by the Board of Supervisors and are approved by the Forestry Commission.

According to state law, “Any person who knowingly and willfully violates a burning ban is guilty of a misdemeanor and may be fined not less than $100 and not more than $500.”

The Brookhaven Fire Department responded to a grass fire Thursday that was likely due to the recent dry conditions. Buddy Thibodeaux, with BFD, said homeowners should be careful right now.

Hot and dry conditions are expected to continue. Today’s high is expected to reach 97. Monday’s high could reach 101.