Brush fires leave North East Jones firefighters stretched thin

By Jeff Daley – email

JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - Brush fires in the Powers and Glade Communities kept firefighters in the North East Jones Fire District busy throughout Wednesday afternoon.

The fire in Powers burned approximately 20 acres off Springdale Road. Mississippi Forestry was called  in to plow a fire break around the blaze to help contain it. It took most of the afternoon for firefighters from five different departments to get it under control.

In Glade,  the fire burned up around two acres, part of a fence line and Came dangerously close to a home and barn. Firefighters from Glade, Powers, and Ovett were able to get it under control quickly and save the structures.

Officials say high winds and dry conditions helped fuel the two blazes.

"What we really fear is later in the week and starting with today the winds are forecast to increase to 15 to 20 miles and hour and in association with a cold front and also a tropical depression that's working its way up across the Florida Peninsula," said Lance Chancellor, PIO, Jones County Fire Counsel. "That's going to make conditions in Jones County and the rest of the Pine Belt very perilous in terms of fire danger."

Fortunately no firefighter was injured while fighting the blazes.

Fire officials in JonesCounty say a fire weather watch has been issued beginning at 7:00 a.m. Thursday morning

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