December 16, 2017 10:04:13 PM
The city of Starkville is under a burn ban.
Starkville Fire Department issued the ban Friday, and Fire Chief Charles Yarbrough said it will likely remain in place until forecasted rains pass through the area in the next few days.
"We issued it because it's so dry right now," Yarbrough said. "It's to be on the safe side. Once the rain hits, we'll probably go ahead and lift it."
Outside burning is forbidden in city limits while the ban is in place, and Yarbrough said the city won't issue new burn permits until the ban is lifted.
He said the ban won't impact things such as grilling outside, but said residents should be careful when grilling anyway.
Oktibbeha County Fire Coordinator Kirk Rosenhan said the Mississippi Forestry Commission issues burn bans on the county level. The commission does not currently have any burn bans in place.
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