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Dozens of acres burned in Jones Co. brush fire

JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - Several dozen acres of farmland in Jones County were burned and a half-dozen homes were threatened this afternoon when a fire started by a landowner got out of control. Authorities say about 40 acres of land in the Myrick Community went up in flames after lunch today.

Five families living along Crooked Road were forced to evacuate while firefighters from 9 different departments fought the fire.

No one was injured.

Fire officials say it was started by a landowner who wanted to burn something. They say burning anything outdoors now is illegal, because of a burn ban issued Friday.

And they say the landowner was cited by the Jones County Sheriff's Department.

"This is an example of don't do this," said Dan McKenna, Jones County Fire Coordinator. "It came very close to those folks, those 5 structures that were evacuated, to those folks losing everything that they have and this is extremely serious now," McKenna said. 

He said the dry, windy conditions could worsen tomorrow.

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