3 wildfires burning in Jackson County - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

3 wildfires burning in Jackson County

Etheridge said wind gusts up to 20 mph, low humidity, and heavy underbrush are making things tough. (Photo source: WLOX) Etheridge said wind gusts up to 20 mph, low humidity, and heavy underbrush are making things tough. (Photo source: WLOX)
JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

It has been a busy day for firefighting crews in Jackson County. County Emergency Services Director Earl Etheridge said they have worked five wildfires today. Three are still burning.

Etheridge said crews are working to protect structures in the area of Larue Rd. in the Larue community.

There is another fire burning north of I-10 in the Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge. It has been burning since 2 p.m. Etheridge said crews are working to contain that blaze to keep it away from structures.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said a tire blowout on a large dump truck driving on Gautier-Vancleave Rd. sparked the blaze. The agency said there is a chance roads in the area will be shut down because of heavy smoke limiting visibility. 

A smaller fire is also burning near Jordan Rd. in the Latimer community.

Etheridge said fires near Avon Ln. in Moss Point and near State Line Rd. have been contained and should be extinguished shortly. He said crews are working from east to west to put out the remaining fires.

Etheridge said wind gusts up to 20 mph, low humidity, and heavy underbrush are making things tough.

"When you combine wind gusts, low humidity, and a heavy fire load, you have problems," Etheridge said.

Copyright 2017 WLOX. All rights reserved. 

  • NEWSMore>>

  • Now: Traffic returns to normal on I-10 near Ocean Springs

    Now: Traffic returns to normal on I-10 near Ocean Springs

    Thursday, August 17 2017 9:11 AM EDT2017-08-17 13:11:44 GMT
    This is the scene on I-10 after a multi-vehicle wrec (Photo Source: MDOT)This is the scene on I-10 after a multi-vehicle wrec (Photo Source: MDOT)

    All lanes of Highway 90 are now open. A Mississippi Highway Patrol spokesman says an 18-wheeler crossed the median on Interstate 10 Thursday morning, causing a deadly series of accidents. It was just before 6:00 a.m. That truck was heading west near the Ocean Springs exit. Suddenly, it veered left, crossed the median and smashed into a motorcycle on the eastbound side of I-10. The MHP spokesman says that motorcycle driver died at the scene.

    More >>

    All lanes of Highway 90 are now open. A Mississippi Highway Patrol spokesman says an 18-wheeler crossed the median on Interstate 10 Thursday morning, causing a deadly series of accidents. It was just before 6:00 a.m. That truck was heading west near the Ocean Springs exit. Suddenly, it veered left, crossed the median and smashed into a motorcycle on the eastbound side of I-10. The MHP spokesman says that motorcycle driver died at the scene.

    More >>
  • Dangerous heat could lead to heat related illness

    Dangerous heat could lead to heat related illness

    Thursday, August 17 2017 8:03 AM EDT2017-08-17 12:03:27 GMT
    Dangerous heat expected across the Mississippi Gulf Coast on ThursdayDangerous heat expected across the Mississippi Gulf Coast on Thursday

    Thursday forecast temperatures are in the low to mid 90s. Not too unusual. But, the heat index will rise to dangerous levels for the first time this summer.

    More >>

    Thursday forecast temperatures are in the low to mid 90s. Not too unusual. But, the heat index will rise to dangerous levels for the first time this summer.

    More >>
  • WLOX Editorial: Louisiana flood solution, not a good deal for South Mississippi

    WLOX Editorial: Louisiana flood solution, not a good deal for South Mississippi

    Wednesday, August 16 2017 4:29 PM EDT2017-08-16 20:29:52 GMT

    We are not strangers to flooding on the Mississippi Coast. Nor are our neighbors to the west in Louisiana. There are forever ongoing efforts, planning and discussions about how to mitigate flooding. But a recent study by the Rand Corporation is more than a little disturbing.

    More >>

    We are not strangers to flooding on the Mississippi Coast. Nor are our neighbors to the west in Louisiana. There are forever ongoing efforts, planning and discussions about how to mitigate flooding. But a recent study by the Rand Corporation is more than a little disturbing.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly