Animals being moved as a precaution

Image source: Amy Dahl
Image source: Amy Dahl

GAUTIER, MS (WLOX) - According to Jackson County District 5 Supervisor John McKay despite earlier reports of the animals not being evacuated. Officials have decided to evacuate the animals at the Jackson County Animal Shelter to a HUD building Vancleave. McKay also said that traffic is flowing again in Jackson County.

MDOT said all lanes are open along Highway 90 between Highway 57 to Gautier-Vancleave Road and I-10 between Highway 57 and Gautier-Vancleave Road.

McKay said the a local vet said that if heavy smoke settles in the area, it could cause problems for the animals.

Around 100 animals are located in the Jackson County Animal Shelter off of Audubon Drive in Gautier that were threatened by the brush fire that happened at around noon Sunday.

Thick, black smoke surrounded the facility keeping shelter workers from entering.

"We were able to get in around 5 [p.m.]. It was a little smoky in the building. We called a vet, who said they were fine," Jackson County Animal Shelter Supervisor Bill Richmond said. "We'll be changing all their water."

Richmond said fire fighters will be staying in the area overnight to monitor hot spots. He also said fire fighters dug a fire line along the side of the building facing a wooded area to keep any future fires from reaching the building.

A section of Highway 90 between Ocean Springs and Gautier was closed because of a massive woods fire.

According to Mississippi Forestry Commission's Coastal Fire Coordinator Randy Wilson fire fighters in Jackson County are working a brush fire in Gautier located near Ocean Estates on Break Water Drive.

Gautier, Fountainebleau Fire Departments, Mississippi Forestry Commission and Sandhill Crane Refuge are all attempting to contain the raging fire.

As soon as more information becomes available WLOX will have more on this fire.

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