Officials say no outdoor burning

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LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Miss. (WTOK) - Officials are warning that the burn ban is still ongoing and to not do any burning this weekend.

Halloween weekend is normally a time full of outdoor festivals and some outdoor burning.

"People wanting to do hayrides, bonfires, fire pits in the yard. It's cooling off a little bit. We strongly urge every to please no outdoor burning of any kind," Mississippi Forestry Commission for Lauderdale County Greg Chatham says.

Chatham says there should be no outdoor burning. A fire in Lauderdale County Friday on Espey Rd. may have started by people burning debris. Chatham says do not do that.

"We are in a very bad situation. We want everyone to be careful and want everyone to be safe," Chatham says.

September 26th. That's the last time we saw rain in the area. Chatham says everything is so dry and that the littlest ember can cause a large fire.

"When something like this starts, it can through embers up to a quarter mile and set spot fires,” Chatham says.

So, this weekend keep in mind that you should not burn anything outside, even if you feel confident it won't cause any problems.

"People think that if they live out in the country, they can burn. They might not think about that subdivision right through the woods. What we are experiencing here is sheds and out buildings. People just really need to be careful," Chatham says.

67 counties in Mississippi are currently under a burn ban. That includes all the counties in east Mississippi except for jasper.