Mississippi statewide burn ban lifted; county burn bans remain

JACKSON, Miss. (WTOK) - At the request and advice of the Mississippi Forestry Commission, Gov. Phil Bryant has lifted the statewide burn ban, effective immediately.

“Due to the amount of rainfall received in parts of the state over the last week, the MFC has seen decreased wildfire activity,” said Russell Bozeman, MFC state forester. “As a result of the rainfall and current weather forecast, the MFC requested that the statewide burn ban be lifted.”

Despite the lifting of the statewide burn ban, there are a number of counties that will remain under burn bans, enacted by the Board of Supervisors.

For the counties still under a burn ban, each Board of Supervisors will have the option to either lift their burn ban, allow it to expire on the predetermined deadline or to extend their burn ban.

For a list of counties still under a burn ban and the expiration date for each, click the attached link on the right side of the page.

The MFC will update the list as counties extend or lift their burn bans.

The public should continue to check to see if their county is still under a burn ban. Violators of burn bans can be fined up to $500, as well as be held responsible for flame and smoke damage caused by a fire they set.