OXFORD, Miss. — Lafayette County is under a burn ban until at least the first week of November.

The county’s Board of Supervisors voted Monday to implement the ban, effective immediately. It will be in effect until at least Nov. 7.

A burn ban means residents are not allowed to burn any outdoor debris and could face up to a $500 fine if they violate the order. Lafayette County Deputy Fire Chief Wes Anderson says the ban is necessary because of dry conditions.

The Oxford Eagle reports (http://bit.ly/2drzuNy ) the board exempted the state forestry commission to allow them to continue controlled burns.

Lafayette County is the state’s 12th to issue a burn ban this fall. Since June 1, the Mississippi Forestry Commission has suppressed 259 wildfires that burned 2,363 acres in the state.

Information from: Oxford Eagle, http://www.oxfordeagle.com