- Associated Press - Saturday, December 3, 2016

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - After rain across much of Mississippi earlier this week, burn bans have been lifted in all but 15 counties.

Gov. Phil Bryant lifted a statewide ban Friday that had been in effect since Oct. 11.

The Mississippi Forestry Commission says local burn bans remain in effect in Calhoun, Claiborne, Franklin, George, Hinds, Jasper, Jefferson, Jefferson Davis, Kemper, Lafayette, Lawrence, Lincoln, Sharkey, Simpson and Stone counties.

Local bans are normally requested by county supervisors and approved by the Forestry Commission.

Some of the remaining burn bans are scheduled to expire Monday.

The National Weather Service is forecasting 2 inches or more of rain for much of Mississippi between Saturday and Tuesday.

The whole state is currently listed as being in a severe or worse drought by the National Drought Mitigation Center.

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