Jackson County Officials: use caution roads will be smoky

JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Jackson County Spokesperson Ken Flanagan said anyone commuting along Ocean Springs Road, the intersection of highway 57 and 1-10 in Jackson County should proceed with caution for at least the next 24 hours.

According to the Jackson County Sheriff's Office the Westside of Ocean Springs Road near Highway 90 has been reopened, however, the East side of Ocean Springs Road, near Highway 57 is still closed.

The Sunplex Rehabilitation Center in Jackson County was evacuated. All 59 of the nursing homes patients and records were moved to other facilities nearby.

According to Randy Wilson with Mississippi Forestry Commission, the fire started burning in East Jackson County at around noon and has traveled through 500 acres of brush.

Ocean Springs Fire Department has been urging residents with homes located near the fire to keep a watch for falling ash. Residents in Gulf Park Estates reported seeing burning ash fall in their neighborhood.

Several homes in Jackson County have been either under a mandatory or voluntary evacuation. Ocean Springs firefighter Justin Lopez said homes have been sprayed down with water to keep them from burning.

Lopez said the Mississippi Forestry Commission has made a fire line to keep the fire from jumping onto residential areas.

Jackson County dispatch said residents living off of Tapp Road and Peacock Street were issued a mandatory evacuation. Ocean Springs police have recommended evacuations for residents in the Lakeview subdivision and the Cabana and Hyland trailer parks.

No word yet on what caused the fire. WLOX will provide all the updates as they become available.

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