HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Strong winds are whipping up woods fires in Hancock and Harrison counties. On Monday afternoon, firefighters were battling several small fires, including some that are creeping near homes. So far, seven acres have burned, and officials are worried the flames will spread to homes in the Spana Park subdivision.
Hancock County fire officials called in help from Harrison County to fight a fire off of Highway 53 and V Bar Road. Fire officials are monitoring a fire close to a home, but say it is under control.
The Forestry Commission was working a fire at Ducre Lane. Forestry firefighters, Waveland, and Bayside Park Volunteer firefighters all responded. Waveland firefighters are also battling a blaze on Old Spanish Trail.
There are no burn bans in effect in South Mississippi, but emergency officials are urging citizens not to burn anything. Hancock County Emergency Management Director Brian Adam and Harrison County Fire Marshal Pat Sullivan both say the high winds increased the danger of a small fire getting out of control quickly.