The city of Pearl is under an official burn ban until March 15. The Rankin County Supervisors passed the ban on Tuesday, Feb. 15 and the ban is effective for 30 days.
Burn bans are restrictions on outdoor burning during drought or wildfire conditions. The County Board of Supervisors normally requests burn bans, and the Mississippi Forestry Commission approves the requests. All burn bans expire at midnight on the stated date of expiration.
A burn ban means no outdoor burning of ANY KIND.
Any person who knowingly and willfully violates a burning ban is guilty of a misdemeanor. These persons may receive a fine of not less than $100 and not more than $500.*
What is Not Allowed During a Burn Ban
Anything with an open flame that produces an ember is not allowed during a burn ban. The wind can carry floating embers away from the original fire and start a spot fire up to one-half mile away from the burning area. This includes:
• Fire pits
• Fire rings
• Burn barrels
• Debris burning
• Field burning
What is Allowed During a Burn Ban
• Propane / Gas grills
• Propane / Gas heaters
• Charcoal grills