Burn ban in place to promote a safe holiday

From staff reports

A no-burn order has been issued for Winston County and is in effect until July 13.

Open burning, as well as the use of fireworks, is prohibited under the order. The order was issued by the Winston County Supervisors after new Emergency Management director Buddy King reviewed a special weather information from the state on the high degree of fire danger due to temperatures and dry conditions in the area.

“It’s (a burn ban) because of dry conditions, and a drought we are currently experiencing,” said county Emergency Management Director and Fire Coordinator King.

The fireworks and open fire ban comes as Winston County and many other Mississippi city and counties deal with the ongoing drought and high temperature.Twenty-four counties including Winston County have some kind of burn ban in place, according to the Mississippi Forestry Commission.The minimum fine for violating the burn ban is $100, and the maximum is $500.Officials are encouraging residents who want to enjoy fireworks to attend a community-wide fireworks show set to begin at 9 p.m. Wednesday at lake Tiak O’ Khata. Fireworks may be viewed from several areas near the lake. The fireworks show is conducted by the Winston County Chamber and should last 15 to 20 minutes.The burn ban expires July 13 but can be canceled earlier in case of ample rainfall or extended if dry and higher temperatures persist.Under the ban, no one in rural Winston County can start outdoor fires except the Forestry Commission, which conducts controlled burns.

See page 8 for more fire safety information.