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EMA Director Issues Fire Warning

Much of the county is extremely dry following weeks of no rain.

EMA Director Issues Fire Warning

By David Howell


WATER VALLEY After weeks of dry weather and no indication of rain in the extended forecast, Yalobusha Emergency Management Agency (EMA) director Frank Hyde is urging everyone to use extreme caution when burning or refrain from burning.

“We have only had minor grass fires in the county, we have been very lucky so far,” Hyde told the Herald.  The activity includes flurry of fires in the last few days, including grass fires on the Hwy. 7 Bypass in Water Valley, County Road 220 and County Road 214, along with a kitchen fire in the Water Valley Boat Landing community. 

  A cigarette butt is likely the culprit for one and a power line sparking after coming in contact with a limb started another one of the fires, according to the EMA director.

“A burn ban may have stopped one of these fires, the others started accidentally,” Hyde added. 

However if conditions do not change Hyde said he may recommend a burn ban at the October 14 Board of Supervisor meeting. 

Currently 14 counties have implemented burn bans including neighboring Lafayette, Panola, Calhoun and Tallahatchie. 

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