PERKINSTON, Miss.–More than 500 acres has burned near Perkinston as fires continue through the southern half of the state. If you have anything you need to burn outside, you might want to rethink it for the safety of your neighbors and your property, is the message from the Miss. Forestry Service.
More than 130 fires have happened over the weekend and through Monday, the Service told WLOX, and Forestry dispatcher Mike Gray said he believes the coastal counties should be added to the burn ban list.
In Copiah County, a fire than burned several hundred acres over the weekend flared back up Monday, burning several more acres. Firefighters continue to watch the old spots, as well as looking for new fires.
Burn bans are currently in effect for 44 Mississippi counties, thanks to the dry conditions. That list includes Madison, Hinds, Yazoo, Adams, Copiah, Franklin, Humphreys, Lincoln, Rankin, Smith, Jeff Davis, Simpson, Carroll, Lawrence, Montgomery, Lauderdale, Pike, Panola, Amite, Washington, Tallahatchie, Walthall, Holmes, Grenada, Covington, Marion, Warren, Adams, Winston, Lowndes, Oktibbeha, Jones, Tate, Neshoba, Wayne , Scott, Lamar, Marshall, Union, Monroe, Webster, Lawrence, Leake and Tishomingo counties.
The last eight burn bans on the list were issued Monday.