Fire burns 400 acres in Harrison County

Published: Feb. 19, 2015 at 3:58 AM CST|Updated: Feb. 19, 2015 at 10:54 AM CST
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HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Three separate wood fires in Harrison County charred around 400 acres of land near Cemetery and George Ladner Roads Tuesday afternoon.
Several fire departments came out to put out the inferno that narrowly missed homes. Residents think the fires that are now under investigation were no accident.

Harrison County Fire Marshal Pat Sullivan says strong winds and low humidity allowed the fire to spread quickly.

"The winds are blowing pretty good. You can feel the wind and realize how fast that the fire was moving. It was like a wall of fire in some places. It was hard to get in front of the fire to get control of the fire," said Sullivan.

Residents say fires in the area seem to happen around the same time every year. However, they say this fire has been the worst one yet.

"They come close. This one we had close calls. They had close calls, but this has been one of the first in a good while that its hit all of them at one time without stopping," said Travis Cuevas.

Though the cause of the fires that happened here are still unknown, residents think they were manmade.

"They are going down the road in vehicles and getting out and lighting it," Cuevas said.

From the time the fire started around 2 in the afternoon until around 8:30 at night, firefighters worked around the clock to contain the fire and keep it from homes.

"With the conditions the way they are, anytime that you have winds blowing at you or blowing out, or anytime that you have the dry vegetation and the humidity is real low those are all combinations to be a very bad fire," said Sullivan.

Mississippi Forestry Commission, Lizana Fire Department and Harrison County Fire Services all worked the fires.

No homes were damaged and no one was injured in the fires. Anyone with any information about suspicious activities leading up to the fires should call the Harrison County Sheriff's Office at 863-0042.

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