Lauderdale County Under Burn Ban

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The U.S. Drought Monitor has much or east Mississippi and west Alabama listed as abnormally dry, causing dangerous conditions.

"We needed to be under a ban last week," said Lauderdale County Fire Coordinator Allan Dover.

Dover said he wants to make sure the county isn't a step behind again. During this week's board meeting, Dover was given the authority to request a burn ban from the Mississippi Forestry Commission, but without the approval of the full board.

"It has now been changed where either myself or the board president can request this of the forestry commission whenever we need to," said Dover. "It will help us provide logistical support outside a board meeting."

This will be Dover's first cold weather season as coordinator and he's working to be proactive when it comes keeping area property and houses fire free.

"Hopefully it will keep people from doing outdoor burning, which should lessen the amount of grass fires and brush fires, which threaten lives and homes and take some of the pressure off of our volunteer fire fighters," Dover said.

Along with making sure fire departments across the county are being proactive, Dover also wants to make sure area residents are as well. He's urging them to prepare for the cold weather season.

"We are going into winter time and a lot of people don't think about those things until that time," said Dover. "Now is a great time while businesses are not really being overly worked in these areas."

Two things to think about now are having your central air units cleaned and taking a closer look at your chimneys, which also require regular cleaning.

A lot of people don't make them priorities, but we have seen attic fires that are a direct result of issues with the chimney.