The long-awaited rainfall arrived over the weekend, with the state getting one-to-three inches of rain Monday, including more than an inch in Lowndes County.
The rain means an end to a statewide burn ban issued by the Governor’s office on Oct. 20 at the request of the Mississippi Forestry Commission. Gov. Phil Bryant issued a proclamation ended the ban early Monday evening.
While the statewide ban has been lifted, other bans remain in effect, including in Lowndes County.
At its Oct. 15 board meeting, Lowndes Supervisors approved a county burn ban through Oct. 30 at the request of county fire administrator Sammy Fondren.
That ban will be allowed to continue, Board of Supervisors President Harry Sanders said Monday.
“We don’t have a regular meeting again until Nov. 2 and this isn’t something we would want to call a special meeting for,” Sanders said. “So the burn ban will continue until it expires.”
Although the burn ban remains in place, it is unlikely that local law enforcement will enforce the measure now that the threat of a fire spreading has been diminished.