He was transported to South Central Regional Medical Center and later taken to a burn center in Jackson.
Officials said the fire that injured him was one of many brush and woods fires that broke out Saturday, causing damage to many acres of land. The National Weather Service said because of dry and windy conditions, the county is at an elevated risk for fire and Jones County fire officials are advising residents to be careful when they burn anything outdoors.
"It only takes a matter of a minute for (fire) to escape and get out," said Dan McKenna, Jones County Fire Coordinator. "And with this wind and the low humidity and the condition of the (grass, leaves) with no moisture in them, you walk through the brush and you can hear it crunch and that's dry and it will be off on you in a heartbeat," he said.
McKenna said volunteer firefighters Saturday afternoon also saved a home on Magnolia Road that was threatened by an out-of-control brush fire.