Montgomery Co. man dies after field he was burning got out of co - - Jackson, MS

Montgomery Co. man dies after field he was burning got out of control

Source: MS Forestry Commission Source: MS Forestry Commission
MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A man died in Montgomery County after a field he was burning got out of control and the fire overtook him.

On Thursday, wild land firefighters were called to put out a wildfire. Officials say that a private landowner engaged in agricultural field burning while his county was under a burn ban.

The burn ban was issued due to extreme drought conditions in the area.

The fire got out of control and became a wildfire, which started to spread quickly. Officials say the fire ended up overtaking him and he was killed.

An investigation into the incident is ongoing at this time.

Officials want to urge the importance of adhering to all burn bans statewide. In Mississippi, 67 out of 82 counties remain under burn bans.

The Governor's partial state level burn ban, which offers no exemptions, and all individual county burn bans remain in effect through the weekend.

To see a complete list of burn bans in Mississippi, please visit: 

“We are deeply saddened by the news from Montgomery County,” said Charlie Morgan, State Forester. “Wildfires can start with just a spark and spread quickly to endanger forestland, homes, and lives. Please do your part to help prevent wildfires by observing local burn bans and exercising proper fire safety.”

When a burn ban is in effect, it means no outdoor burning is allowed. Burn ban restrictions include campfires, bonfires, fire pits, fire rings, fireworks, burn barrels, brush piles, debris burning, field burning - anything that produces an ember has the potential to start a wildfire.

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.

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