Lauderdale County has again banned outdoor burning because of the drought conditions. And this time, it is getting law enforcement involved to stop it.
The board of supervisors on Monday night approved a burn ban for the second time this year. And officials say it's going to be strictly enforced.
Volunteer fire coordinator Clarence Butler says there will be zero tolerance for those who try to burn during the ban.
"We're going to put an emphasis this time on the sheriff's office working with us very closely," said Butler. "So if we have call to go to a fire, that, if it's intentionally set, and we can prove that, there will be an arrest made."
The burn ban will be in effect until county officials decide it is again safe to lift it.
In addition to Lauderdale County, the town of Marion and the city of Meridian are also under burn bans.
In Alabama, both Sumter and Choctaw counties are under fire alerts, which are virtually the same thing as burn bans.