JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - All lanes of I-10 and Hwy. 90 are now open in Jackson County, but Mississippi Highway Patrol officials said the interstate could close at any time if smoke becomes a problem.
Wildfires have been an issue for most of the day in Jackson County. Officials were forced to close I-10 and Hwy. 90 after heavy smoke created hazardous driving conditions. Both roadways are now open, but officials are still monitoring the situation.
Officials tell us the wildfire that has burned for most of the day has been contained but it is still not under control.
Jackson County Emergency Management Director Earl Etheridge said multiples homes in the Moss Point area south of Hwy. 90 were threatened by the fires. He said the fire started south of Hwy. 90 and quickly spread north, jumping over the highway and edging closer to I-10.
Multiple officials are currently working the fire, including Jackson County Fire Services, Jackson County Sheriff's Department, and Mississippi Highway Patrol. Etheridge said he is also calling in more aid in getting the fire contained.