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. "For example, there was a field fire in Sugar Ridge Township Thursday evening which burned eight acres."
Husband added campfires are still allowed, but must be contained in a fire ring at least 23 inches in diameter and 10-inches high.
Dry conditions are expected to continue, as the only rain in the National Weather Service forecast in the next seven days is a 30-percent chance for Monday night into Tuesday morning.
"It will have to rain for an extended amount of time for things to improve," Brown said. "A little here and a there isn't doing much because it's not really saturating the ground."
Husband added, "As dry as it is out there, fires can get bigger quicker. It doesn't take much for one of them to get away."
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.