STONE COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - A woods fire in Stone County caused a lot of smoke, and a little bit of panic in the area near Stump Texas Rd. Officials tell us a few homes in the area have been evacuated, but the fire appears to be under control.
Thomas Muffler, with the Stone County Fire Department, said there are actually two separate fires. One is located on Texas Chapel Rd. and the other on Paramount Church Rd.
Wiggins Fire Department engineer Grady Holder said two volunteer firefighters were overcome by heavy smoke battling the growing woods fire. Holder said the fires cover more than 40 acres.
"There's heavy, heavy smoke because of the wind. We're supposed to be under a 30-day burn ban," said Holder. "It definitely spread very, very quick. Some of the flames were working their way up tall pine trees."
Smoke from the fires was heavy enough that it was being picked up on the WLOX First Alert Weather Radar.
Volunteer firefighters from Stone County, Magnolia, and Silver Run are fighting the fire along with the Wiggins Fire Department and the Mississippi Forestry Commission.