Burn ban is lifted for Lincoln County

Published 12:58 pm Monday, November 7, 2022

The burn ban in Lincoln County has been lifted.

Monday morning, the Board of Supervisors lifted the ban on the recommendation of Emergency Management Director Chris Reid.

The board enacted the ban Sept. 28 on the advice of Mississippi Forestry Commission Area Forester Steven Williams. The ban was originally set to end Oct. 31, but was extended to Nov. 7 due to insufficient rainfall.

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Burn bans in Lawrence and Jefferson Davis counties were expected to expire midnight, Monday, Nov. 7, also. Copiah County has a burn ban through Nov. 10.

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department issued some tickets for burning during the ban without a permit or special exemption. Fines are not less than $100 and not more than $500.

“Please use caution if you are burning, and never leave a fire unattended,” Reid said Monday.

The Forestry Commission still encourages the public to postpone unnecessary outdoor burning activities until drought conditions improve significantly. MFC urges people to use caution, be mindful of all ignition sources, do not burn on windy days, keep fire containment equipment on hand and stay with the fire until it is completely out.

“Be careful, people, and tend to your fires,” Williams said. “The rain helped the situation, but if we don’t get more rain, in a couple of weeks we’re going to be back in the same spot and I’ll have to go back and ask for another burn ban.”