Warren County under burn ban

Published 12:00 am Saturday, October 2, 2010

Warren County joined several others on Friday by declaring an indefinite burn ban.

Warren County Volunteer Fire Department Coordinator Kelly Worthy said with no rain in the extended forecast, it was the best option to join 15 other counties.

“It’s dry, definitely dry,” Worthy said.

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The other counties with burn bans, so far, are: Attala, Chickasaw, Clay, DeSoto, Forrest, Grenada, Hinds, Kemper, Lauderdale, Lee, Monroe, Panola, Pontotoc, Rankin and Tate.

Rankin County has had 45 grass or forest fires in less than two weeks.

The National Weather Service has predicted the relative humidity values to range from 20 to 25 percent and expect wind gusts from 15 to 25 mph. Those condition are favorable for the rapid spread of fire, endangering surrounding land and buildings.

Last month was the driest September since 1956. The Jackson metro area received 0.04 inches of rain.