STONE COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Firefighters with the Mississippi Forestry Service spent Monday battling forest fires that started over the weekend in Pearl River and Stone Counties.
The fire in Pearl River County off Bruge and Reyer Road is growing. It's now estimated at more than 1,000 acres. The blaze is in a designated wildlife management area that is part of the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, according to Mike Gray, a dispatcher with the Mississippi Forestry Service.
"We have eight personnel working that fire, cutting fire lines," said Gray. "We have eight on the Stone County fire."
The Stone County fire is estimated at 600 acres, which is about the same size as it was reported on Sunday. Gray said the fire is in a very rural area and is not threatening any homes, though there are some hunting clubs in the area.
"The conditions are just ripe. We are really asking people to refrain from burning," Gray said.