Fire agencies battle forest fire in Harrison County

A Sunday night forest fire located off Highway 49 near the Grand Bear Golf Course is now 70 percent contained.

The fire stretched over 400 acres. Mississippi Forestry Commission and U.S. Forest Service Crew are mopping the area to contain the fire one hundred percent.

A few weeks ago, Governor Tate Reeves declared March as Mississippi Fire Prevention Month. During March, we typically see the most forest fires because of the transition from winter to spring and dry vegetation and windy weather.

Harrison County Fire Rescue also assisted in managing the fire and shares some tips on how you can prevent forest fires like this one. Harrison County Fire Chief Pat Sullivan said, “The thing is to be aware of weather conditions. If the wind is blowing that’s not good. If the relative humidity is down, that’s not good weather. You want to have the tools to control a fire. You want to have water, rakes, so on and so forth and keep the piles small.”

If you’re planning on burning, it’s also recommended that you consult with the Mississippi Forestry Commission and get a burn permit.

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