Hot, dry weather has returned to Copiah County after brief respite last week. Portions of the county did see some rainfall, but not enough to lift the burn ban that is currently in effect through September 8.
County emergency management officials remind all area residents that burning trash, leaves, limbs or other debris right now has the potential to cause a fire disaster that might destroy property and threaten lives. Lower humidity levels, combined with late summer breezes and already dry tinder present high fire hazards throughout the county.
Copiah County is one of six central Mississippi counties under a burn ban (Madison, Hinds, Smith, Franklin and Rankin) because of the current drought. The area is short 6 to 10 inches of rainfall so far this year.
The current burn ban is set to expire on September 8, but may be extended by the Board of Supervisors and the Mississippi Forestry Commission. Only slight chances of rain are in the forecast over the next few days.