Firemen busy over weekend
by Rory Doyle
Jun 18, 2013 | 1160 views | 0 0 comments | 75 75 recommendations | email to a friend | print
With some windy and dry late spring days recently, a number of grass and field fires have been lighting up the county.

Bolivar County Volunteer Fire Chief Lee Tedder said citizens and farmers must remain alert to safe methods for controlled burns.

"It's all about common sense," said Tedder. "People need to be mindful of the different elements.

"One problem is that people aren’t always watching the fires or attending them to make sure they don't get out of hand. A field fire should never be left unattended."

The BCVFD responded to six field or grass fires over the weekend, keeping the firefighters busy throughout the county.

Tedder said one of the greatest precautions is burning when the winds are low or consistently blowing in one direction.

“If smoke starts blowing across the highway or close to the highway, people need to call the fire in,” he said.

Establishing efficient firebreaks also helps create a barrier to slow or stop the progress of a fire.

Another preventative step is making sure burn permits are properly obtained. Anyone conducting a timber or agricultural burn is advised to get a permit from the Mississippi Forestry Commission prior to burning.

The local Central Dispatch Center should be contacted to inquire about the permit. Bolivar Countians should call 1-877-226-5414.

The following information will be required: type of burning (agriculture or forestry); number of acres; landowner name and person responsible for the fire; address and telephone number; location of property; and beginning and end date and time of fire.

In conjunction with the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, the MFC issues burning permits based on the daily fire weather forecast.

Smoke Management Guidelines can be found on the MFC website at www.mfc.ms.gov/wildfirecontrol.php#v.