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Lincoln County’s burn ban lifted; some bans remain

Recent rainfall was significant enough for authorities to lift a burn ban in Lincoln and Lawrence counties.

Supervisors in both counties signed orders Tuesday lifting the burn bans, said Steven Williams, the Mississippi Forestry Commission forester serving Lincoln, Lawrence and Jefferson Davis counties.

Even though the ban has been lifted, landowners should be careful with fires.

The rain helped, but it soaked into the ground quickly, he said.

“With the ground being this dry, it will soak the water up. And you get a front comes in and the humidity drops with the wind, we could be in the same situation. It doesn’t take long to dry out again,” he said.

Williams urges landowners to be watchful when burning.

“Be responsible and stay with your fire and tend to it,” he said. “And when you’re through with it, make sure it’s out.”

Franklin and Jefferson counties remain under burn bans until Oct. 27 and Oct. 31, respectively. Copiah, Amite, Pike and Walthall counties are no longer under burn bans.

Gov. Phil Bryant lifted the statewide burn ban Monday, but counties must still go through the proper channels to lift the bans, Williams said.