Dry weather sparks burn ban in DeSoto County

It's been weeks since the Mid-South saw a serious soaking and now the dry weather could be dangerous.

The concern is one spark could cause huge fire damage and now city leaders are cracking down with a burning ban.

Officials in Desoto County took a drastic step Monday. They instituted a burn ban in un-incorporated areas.

The move is aimed at reducing the growing number of grass fires.

You will still see people mowing grass in Desoto County but what you won't see are people burning grass, leaves or any other foliage.

That's because of a new burning ban.

"Right now the biggest fear is the foliage and the undergrowth," says Emergency Services Director Bobby Storey.

Storey says conditions are so dry that grass, leaves and other shrubbery can ignite easily, "and when this starts burning under the bottom here it gets so hot so intense it will actually set all of the greenery on fire," adds Storey.

Officials say weeks of no rain already lead to an increase in grass fires in the area.

"Yes sir you could have grass fires today that would take every department we have to get out there and try to get em under control and I just don't want to take the chance of losing somebody's home because somebody was outside burning a pile of leaves," adds Storey.

As it stands right now the burn ban will stay in effect for a least 14 days or until there is a significant amount of rain.

Violating the ban could be expensive. Many fines will cost more than $150.


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