With dry conditions continuing, the countywide burn ban has been extended.
During a special meeting Friday, the Clay County Commissioners passed a motion to keep the burn ban ordinance in effect through Monday, Nov. 1.
Commissioners' President Charlie Brown told The Brazil Times that while it has rained a couple times in the past few weeks, it has not been enough to compensate for the dry conditions.
"We speak to all the fire departments to get their opinion on the situation because they are the ones who battle the blazes when they happen," Brown said. "Right now, it is still too dry to allow burning."
Clay County Emergency Management Director Bryan Husband said the burn ban had been effective to a certain extent.
"The burning hasn't stopped, but I think it is better than it would have been without it," Husband, who is also chief of the Lewis Township Volunteer Fire Department, said.
The ban, which had originally been set to expire today, will be reviewed again during the commissioners' next monthly meeting, which is scheduled for 9 a.m., Monday, Nov. 1, in the Commissioners' Courtroom at the Clay County Courthouse.
This story will be updated.