Wildfire in Harrison County was intentionally set, officials rule cause as arson

(WXXV) — The wildfire that burned nearly 2,000 acres between Long Beach and Gulfport last week has been ruled an arson by fire officials.

Harrison County Fire Chief Pat Sullivan tells WXXV the fire was intentionally set and investigators are now offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who started it.

More than 300 structures were threatened and saved by firefighters over the course of four days. The fire destroyed one abandoned building and an RV.

An inch of rain between last Tuesday night and Wednesday morning that allowed the fire to be called controlled and contained.

Harrison County Fire Services had more than 200 personnel resources assigned to the fire, using close to 80 pieces of equipment. Other fire services in South Mississippi also assisted in put out the blaze.

Over the course of the fire, approximately 25 to 30 Mississippi Forestry Commission (MFC) wildland firefighters responded to the Tillman Road Fire. The MFC also dispatched 14 tractor plow units to the scene.

MFC aviation supported the fire suppression efforts along with assistance from the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department helicopter.

Anyone that has information about this incident is asked to call the State Fire Marshal’s Office at (601) 359-1061 or 1-888-648-0877.

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