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Fires continue to spark in parts of south Mississippi

This is some of the charred underbrush off Nick Ladnier Road in Perkinston.(Image Source: WLOX News) This is some of the charred underbrush off Nick Ladnier Road in Perkinston.(Image Source: WLOX News)
Crews say paths around the wooded area will stop the fire from spreading. (Image Source: WLOX News) Crews say paths around the wooded area will stop the fire from spreading. (Image Source: WLOX News)
Parts of the underbrush can still be seen smoking. (Image Source: WLOX News) Parts of the underbrush can still be seen smoking. (Image Source: WLOX News)
PERKINSTON, MS (WLOX) -

Fire crews have been busy battling flames across parts of south Mississippi this weekend and into Monday. In a large heavily wooded area of Perkinston, more than 500 acres of land have gone from a lush green to a charred gray and black.

“It is pretty thick out here. Our crews have had a hard time getting into the woods, being able to get around to the head of the fire,” said Mike Gray.

Fortunately they were able to combat the blaze. According to Mike Gray, who is a dispatcher with the Mississippi Forestry Commission, before nightfall Monday that fire was 75% contained. Gray says this makes more than 30 fires that have now sparked since Friday.

“Yesterday we didn't have enough resources to go around to the fires that we had, and sometimes during fire season we might have to put three or four fires on hold because we just don't have the people to go,” said Gray.

That's one of the reasons Gray says the coastal counties should be under a burn ban. Several counties further north are already under burn bans.

“Hopefully, very soon we'll have those, not sure how long they're going to last, that will depend on the amount of rainfall we get and when and if we get any,” said Gray.

Trekking through the thick brush with heavy gear for hours on end, makes for what Gray calls firefighter fatigue. When the land is this dry, the forestry commission expects to see some fires flare up, but they also hope the public will do their best to keep it from happening.

“We've been asking people please don't burn anything. It's just the conditions are very bad right now, and the thing that we're concerned about more than anything else is the safety of the public and our responders,” said Gray.

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