Dry, windy conditions led to Jackson County wildfire

Dry, windy conditions led to Jackson County wildfire
Firefighters took an indirect approach to squelching the flames. (Photo source: WLOX News)
Firefighters took an indirect approach to squelching the flames. (Photo source: WLOX News)

JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - What started as a fire on private property in Jackson County Thursday afternoon quickly spread into the surrounding marshes on Grand Bature Rd. by Friday.

Wildfire flames threatened several nearby structures, including homes and the Grand Bay NERR facility on Bayou Heron Rd. Multiple agencies fought throughout the night, and on Friday, to keep the blaze from careening out of control.

Melissa Perez with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says the conditions were just right to help the blaze spread quickly.

"It's pretty dry, we haven't had any rain in this area for several days. The area that it's burning is an area that hasn't had a burn in quite some time, as well," said Perez.

According to Perez, the National Wildlife Refuge uses prescribed burns on occasion to promote habitat growth and keep wildfires from spreading.

Firefighters took an indirect approach to squelching the flames.

"We're really fighting this fire indirectly. Because it's in a remote area, they are letting it burn up to these lines that we're going in and cutting along areas where there might be homes, or like this Grand Bay NERR facility," said Perez.

By Friday morning, the head of the blaze was stopped at the middle ditch area in the National Wildlife Refuge. A helicopter was dispatched from the DeSoto National Forest to get an idea of the extent of the fire.

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