UPDATE: Pontotoc County issues burn ban

PONTOTOC – Pontotoc County supervisors voted Wednesday to issue a burn ban across the county. The ban forbids any agricultural, forestry or debris burning from Sept. 22 through Oct. 29, said Board of Supervisors President Wayne Stokes.

Like many parts of Northeast Mississippi, Pontotoc County has been plagued with wildfires for weeks. Late summer and early fall are typically the driest time of the year in the region, but much hotter than usual temperatures have exacerbated the danger.

According to the Mississippi Forestry Commission, Pontotoc County is the third county in the state to have such a ban in effect. Chickasaw County has banned outdoor fires through Oct. 31 with exceptions for Forestry Commission personnel and other certified burn managers; Lauderdale County has a complete burn ban in place through Oct. 4.

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