GAUTIER, MS (WLOX) - People in Gautier are breathing a sigh of relief after a woods fire engulfed an area close to their homes Saturday. The hectic scene unfolded near Martin Bluff Road just north of I-10.
As the blaze grew in Gautier, so did the worry of people in neighboring houses. The fire west of Martin Bluff Road was in a wooded area between two residential streets.
"We're all scared we're going to have to evacuate. Just hoping that they get it under control right now," Shelly Volovecky said after checking on her parents who live on Kingfisher Drive.
Fire fighters say it was a matter of controlling the blaze and letting it burn itself out. Units from area fire departments helped douse the flames as they roared into view. The Mississippi Forestry Commission went to work immediately plowing fire trenches to keep the blaze contained.
"They were on their job today. Somebody was looking out for us," said resident Derrick Moody.
While many residents were breathing a sigh of relief, others expressed frustration. At one point during the fire, flames got close enough to Martin Bluff Road that crews decided to close it. This left many people north of the closure stuck with no detour.
For minister Dawn Becker, this closure meant possibly being late for a wedding she was conducting.
"What can I do? I don't have any choice. Let's just hope she's understanding," said Becker.
Others could see a potential problem in the future if another emergency were to surface.
"If there's a problem on this section of Hickory Hills, there's no other way in or out," resident John Haydel said while stopped in traffic.
Many people were forced to wait or turn around and go back home. Keith Bex had to turn around in a gas station parking lot.
"We need another way out of here. What if we had another emergency right here and we have to leave. There's no way to escape," said Bex.
The traffic began flowing again, and the flames were contained without anyone getting hurt. First responders say it was the best possible ending to a hectic day. There's still no word on what caused the flames.