Hancock County forest fire appears to be out

HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Reports from Hancock County this morning are the wildfire that ripped through west Hancock County this weekend appears to be out.

Fire crews from five Mississippi and Louisiana departments spent Saturday in the woods near the Ansley community trying to douse a forest fire.  Fire teams first arrived in Ansley around noon.  It appears to be the same location of a Friday fire.

WLOX.com has been told around 250 acres of brush have been torched by the fire.

West Hancock County Fire Chief Kim Jones said crews spent much of Saturday afternoon trying to keep the flames away from nearby residents.

"Luckily there have been no homes damaged what so ever," Jones told WLOX.com.  "We've had several homes threatened both yesterday and today. They guys are wearing down.  We've got AMR standing by to take care of them.  We've had several guys go down with a little heat exhaustion and a little smoke inhalation, but they've all returned back to fighting fire.

The Mississippi Forestry Commission is investigating a possible cause of the fire.

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