Officials battling two fires in Harrison County

HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Fire officials have been battling two separate blazes in Harrison County Sunday. According to the Harrison County Fire Marshal Pat Sullivan, both fires were started by residents who were burning debris, which got out of hand.

One fire is burning in west Harrison County off Bells Ferry Road. The second is in east Harrison County near Highway 15.

Sullivan says each fire has burned several acres, and the Forestry Commission has been called in to assist. However, Sullivan says the fires are under control at this time and no structures are in danger.

The fire marshal says burns getting out of control are more common this time of year.

"We've had a little bit of rain, and that's not enough to keep the fires from spreading," said Sullivan. "The vegetation dries out and we get some wind and the stuff takes off."

Sullivan suggests that anyone planning to do a controlled burn should first call a local fire department. That way, if something does get out of hand, officials can respond faster. Also, the fire department can explain any restrictions or bans currently in place.

"Anytime anyone is burning something, they have to be very cautious, because if that fire gets out of their property and away from them, they're responsible for any damages that may result in that," said Sullivan.

Sullivan's fire safety tips:

  • Never leave the fire unattended
  • Have water and tools to control the fire on hand
  • Never use accelerant like gasoline

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