Officials say a wildfire near Interstate 10 in Harrison County is about 80 to 90 percent contained.
The fire broke out around 2:30 this afternoon just off I-10 near the Long Beach-Pass Christian exit.
Crews remain on the scene to keep an eye on the flames.
The huge clouds of smoke and fierce flames stalled motorists traveling along the interstate Saturday.
In fact, authorities were forced to shutdown both sides of I-10 after the flames jumped the median.
Fire crews scrambled to contain the flames before it reached a nearby trailer park located just behind the North side of I-10.
No evacuations were ordered and the interstate has since been reopened.
Harrison County Fire Marshall George Mixon says the fire burned about 500 acres.
According to Mixon, 20 firefighters from three departments responded to the scene plus two units from the state forestry commission.
Mixon says an illegal burn was the cause of the fire and the man accused of the illegal burn was cited for violating the county burn ban and fined about 15-hundred dollars.
His name is not yet being released.
Mixon says one firefighter was taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation but is expected to be ok.
No other injuries are being reported and no structures were damaged.
Authorities are again reminding residents that Harrison County is under a burn ban.
By: Keitha Nelson
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