Giant rural brush fire now under control - - Jackson, MS

Giant rural brush fire now under control

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Acres of trees and forest went up in flames Tuesday near Edwards in rural Hinds County. 

The fire was brought under control before nightfall but only after crews worked for hours to contain it. 

More than 150 acres were left burned and charred  Wednesday off Billy Fields road in Hinds County. High winds rapidly spread the flames that jumped fire lines cut by Mississippi Forestry Commission bulldozers.

According to Hinds County Emergency Operations, the rural area was a former rubbish landfill. Abandoned 18 wheelers, large equipment and piles of tires were on the property.

"The smoke from tires is a lot worse than it would be from regular limbs and brush and all that," said Hinds County Emergency Operations Coordinator Tracy Funches. "So actually the guy that's running this place got off pretty bad from being in the smoke".

Officials said that man tried to put out the fire and was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation.

Bolton, Learned, Raymond and West Hinds Volunteer Fire Departments and the Mississippi Forestry Commission battled the advancing flames.

"If you're dealing with your leaves or grass or whatever, even if you're welding or doing any kind of work that causes sparks outside, be mindful of what you're doing. Wet the area down or just wait," added Funches.

Investigators are trying to determine exactly how the fire started. The property owner was issued a citation.

The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality is also investigating.

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