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Burn Ban Enacted In The County

WATER VALLEY – The Yalobusha County Board of Supervisors enacted a burn ban Monday following a busy weekend of volunteer fire fighters battling grass fires across the county. Effective immediately, the burn ban will extend until sufficient rainfall is recorded in the county.

Yalobusha County EMA Director Stewart Spence recommended the ban, explaining that Tillatoba fire fighters had battled a blaze for much of the day Saturday on County Road 4 and other departments including O’Tuckolofa, Pine Valley and Coffeeville were also toned out to fires over the weekend.

“We are in extreme drought conditions, 75 percent of the north half of the state is under an extreme drought,” Spence told county officials. He also said burns bans are already in place in neighboring Grenada, Calhoun and Panola counties.

Any fire with an open flame that produces an ember is not allowed during the ban including campfires, bonfires, fire pits, fire rings, burn barrels, debris burning and field burning. The Mississippi Forestry Commission reported that the wind can carry floating embers away from the original fire and start a spot fire up to one-half mile from the origin. Charcoal and gas grills along with outdoor propane heaters are allowed during the burn ban.

Supervisors contemplated the impact for Halloween activities planned by churches and other organizations that could include bonfires or weenie roasting.

“But we have to think about the greater good,” Board President Cayce Washington recommended before the unanimous vote.

“I remember the last time we did a burn ban, we got a good rain four or five days later,” District Five Supervisor Gaylon Gray added.

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