Bay St. Louis wildfire believed to be “under control,” crews still monitoring the scene
BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. (WXXV) — Fire crews spent most of Tuesday battling a large woods fire near the Springwood neighborhood on Highway 90 in Hancock County.
Several volunteer fire departments in Hancock County responded to the scene, including Bayside Fire Department, West Hancock Fire Department, and Clermont Fire Department. The Mississippi State Forestry Commission also responded to assist with getting the fire under control.
The fire burned at least 200 acres on Tuesday and threatened over a dozen structures.
Officials reported Tuesday night they believed the fire was under control and should burn itself out Wednesday morning, but crews will remain on scene to monitor hot spots.
Last week, a large brush fire scorched nearly 2,000 acres in neighboring Harrison County near Long Beach. Over 200 firefighters from across South Mississippi worked with wildland firefighters from the Mississippi State Forestry Commission to put the fire out over the course of four days.
A statewide burn ban was lifted over a week ago, but the Cities of Bay St. Louis and Waveland put local burn bans into effect last Friday, May 1st until further notice. Also a burn ban is in place for all of Harrison County for the next week.
The National Weather Service said Wednesday morning, “Low afternoon minimum relative humidity expected to reach the mid to lower 20s, combined with gusty northerly winds in the range of 10 to 15 mph, with occasional gusts to 20 to 25 mph will lead to dangerous burning conditions.”
This is a developing story.