FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, April 2, 2004

GOVERNOR HALEY BARBOUR WARNS WEATHER
CONDITIONS MAY CAUSE FIRES

(Jackson, Miss.) – Governor Haley Barbour issued a proclamation today warning the public to be aware of dry and windy weather conditions, that are a potential recipe for an increase in wildfires that firefighters are already busy tackling.

“The month of March has been extremely dry, and we need the public to be aware of the seriousness of the situation and to take the proper precautions to protect themselves and their property,” said Governor Barbour.

State Forester Jim Sledge said, “The average acreage burned during the month of March is 8,000, and we have already exceeded 20,000 this month. To put it into perspective, we average 540 fires in March and now we are up to 1,046.”

If current conditions do not abate and the threat of wildfires and forest fires continues to increase, the Governor will consider a statewide ban on all-outdoor open burning, to be implemented by the State Forester.

 


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Governor Haley Barbour
P.O. Box 139 Jackson, MS 39205
Phone: 601.359.3150 Fax: 601.359.3741