Jackson Co. residents hope wildfire is extinguished for good

Jackson Co. residents hope wildfire is extinguished for good
As the flames grew larger and larger, fire crews raced to put them out and protect the homes and people who live nearby. (Photo source: WLOX)
As the flames grew larger and larger, fire crews raced to put them out and protect the homes and people who live nearby. (Photo source: WLOX)

JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Jackson County Residents watched in awe as a woods fire that was nearly 100 percent contained reignited before their very eyes Saturday.

"I think it's horrible. The firefighters are in danger, but homes are in danger," one resident said.

"It is just going to make it harder for them, because the wind is blowing," another resident said.

As the flames grew larger and larger, fire crews raced to put them out and protect the homes and people who live nearby.

"We saw the smoke and saw the fire trucks and heard the helicopter coming over head," Letitia Robertson said.

Robertson and her husband helped their neighbor, whose home was feet away from the flames, gather clothes, pictures and other valuables, just in case. They said it was better to be safe than sorry with this fast moving fire.

"I'm surprised it sparked up again, because when we were going down the highway last night, we saw some embers and stuff and the wind was really strong," Robertson said.

Friday's initial blaze forced more than a dozen homeowners to evacuate, but they were able to return in a few hours with no damage to their homes.

Several dozen more residents were asked to leave less than 24 hours later, and they are hoping this fire will be finally put out for good.

"Our neighborhood has already been through the floods and everything. Nobody needs to lose anything, but a fire is the most traumatic," Robertson said.

Mississippi Forestry Commission officials understand the residents' fears. While the cause of this fire is still under investigation, they point out fire threats are higher when outdoor burning takes place in these conditions.

"It has been approximately 16 days since we had rain. With the low relative humidity and high winds, it is not advised to be burning," forestry commission official Sam Morgan said.

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