NEWTON COUNTY, MS (WLBT) - A wildfire in Newton and Lauderdale counties was apparently sparked by a burning bag of trash.
Officials say the fire started relatively small and quickly spread to about 50 to 100 acres. A large number of fire departments within Newton, Lauderdale, and Neshoba counties responded to the scene.
The fire threatened about five houses, but officials were able to protect them. The blaze jumped at least four fire lines.
It's being reported that over $1 million dollars worth of timber lost.
Newton County is not currently one of the counties under a burn ban.
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