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Drought forces county to issue burn ban while crews battle fire

JACKSON — Authorities in Hinds County have issued a burn ban as rainfall remains sparse and grass fires increase. WLBT reports the ban will be in effect until Oct. 18. It includes recreational fires and controlled burns with the exception of commercial contractors with heavy construction equipment that meet the state’s regulations. The ban was announced as crews battled a ...

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Another Coast county extends burn ban

JACKSON COUNTY — Jackson County has extended a burn ban until July 18. The Board of Supervisors approved the extension yesterday. The Mississippi Press reports the countywide burn bans include all cities and unincorporated county areas. During a ban, all outdoor burning — including barrel burning and campfires — is prohibited, and violations carry a minimum $500 fine. Firefighters have ...

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Wildfire destroys more than $1M worth of timber

NEWTON COUNTY and LAUDERDALE COUNTY — Officials estimate that a wildfire in Newton and Lauderdale counties destroyed more than $1 million in timber. Investigators believe the fire started from a burning bag of trash and quickly spread to 50 acres or more. The fire threatened about five houses, but officials were able to protect them. WLBT-TV reported that the blaze ...

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