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01/22/05

Wildfire In Helena Burns 80 Acres

Traveling through Helena Saturday night, you could see the blazing fire through the trees.

"I saw it over the bridge at 63. I called them up to come look at it,"Hurley resident Brock Bishop says.

"You don't get to see a fire everyday or firefighters at work,"Big Point resident Keith Smith says

"It's the biggest thing we see," Big Point resident Dale Newton says.

While witnesses looked on, firefighters were making sure the flames didn't get out of control.

"We're not worried about this part here, it's going to back up to where it already burnt, but this right here is our main concern," Moss Point Fire Chief Jimmy Harris says.

Mississippi Forestry workers were also on the scene doing their part to contain the flames.

"Plowing a line out ahead of the fire to get rid of the fuel so the fire will stop at the line," said one forestry worker.

As for the cause,

"We supposedly have a witness that saw one of them start a fire and leave on their four wheeler," Escatawpa Volunteer Fire Chief Bill Clark says.

So far, officials say that can not be confirmed and so far no arrests have been made.

By Jaimee Goad

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