Brush fire smolders in wooded area near Gulfport

HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - A massive woods fire in Harrison County on Monday is believed to have started by a resident burning trash.  That fire had several fire departments fighting the blaze well into Monday night.

More than two dozen firefighters responded to three separate locations in Harrison County.  All three areas had wooden terrain being consumed by smoke and flames.  An estimated 150 acres of land burned on Monday.

The most troublesome fire was near Landon Road and County Farm Road.  For much of Monday night, firefighters kept an eye on the smoldering land.  Harrison County's fire marshal says tires, old cars, and RVs parked on that property gave the fire enough fuel to burn for several more hours.

At times, it appeared the flames would threaten nearby homes.  But, quick work by Harrison County fire teams and the Mississippi Forestry Commission kept the danger away from buildings in the area.

Earlier in the day, a combination of dry brush, and wind made battling the three fires quite a challenge.

By 3:30 Monday afternoon, all three fires still burned.  But, the volunteer firefighters and the Mississippi Forestry Commission had all them all under control.

Fire officials say the resident who may have ignited the brush fire could be cited for a variety of code violations.

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