Progress on the forest fire in Jackson County is being made. Officials have gotten the blaze contained, but are now preparing for a new problem. Jackson County officials say the heavy smoke from the fire could make for dangerous driving conditions throughout the night and into the morning.
The fire started about 1:30 Friday afternoon in a forest on Huron and Orange Grove Road just south of Highway 90. When News 25 arrived on scene, you could tell most of the fire had just been put out by the thick clouds of smoke penetrating the air. The Mississippi Forestry Commission, Crane Refuge in Jackson County, and local fire departments were cleaning up the equipment. Fortunately, homes in the area were not damaged by fire. There have been no reported injuries. It is too soon to say what started this blaze, but authorities tell News 25 it was human-caused and emphasized that residents should exercise extreme caution when burning any materials.
Samuel Morgan of the Mississippi Forestry Service says, “I urge people to be careful burning debris, and again I'd like to urge drivers on Highway 90 this evening and probably tomorrow, take it slow and be careful. Drive safely.” If you will be driving in the area along Highway 90, use extra caution. Authorities say the south winds are pushing a large amount of smoke across Highway 90. Signs have been posted along the highway to warn drivers of the smoke as well.