Team sent to fight TX wildfires includes 3 South Mississippians - WDAM-TV 7-News, Weather, Sports-Hattiesburg, MS

Team sent to fight TX wildfires includes 3 South Mississippians

MFC officials confirm three of the five Wildland Firefighting strike team members are from South Mississippi. (Photo source: Mississippi Forestry Commission) MFC officials confirm three of the five Wildland Firefighting strike team members are from South Mississippi. (Photo source: Mississippi Forestry Commission)
MERKEL, TX (WDAM) -

A team of Mississippi firefighters have been sent to Texas to protect life and property from dangerous wildfires burning near Merkel, TX, just west of Abilene.

The Mississippi Forestry Commission deployed one of its Wildland Firefighting strike teams, along with two bulldozers, to help suppress the fires. The team arrived in Texas on Tuesday.

MFC officials confirm three of the five team members are from South Mississippi. The agency did not release the names of the firefighters out of respect for their privacy.

According to the Texas A&M Forest Service, 111 wildfires have burned more than 25,000 acres of land in Texas over the past week. Areas in north and west Texas remain under “critical and elevated” fire risks.

Officials: 13 structures lost in Valle de Oro fire, all homes saved

The MFC says Wildland Firefighters “fight fire with fire” by creating a fire line around the perimeter of the blaze and then lighting a controlled burn on the inner edge of the line to deprive the flames of the dry vegetation they need to spread.

But, the job is not over once the fire is contained. The team must monitor the wildfire to make sure no hot embers cross the fire line, creating a new threat to surrounding areas.

“We appreciate our employees taking part in these efforts to help our state and federal partners in Texas. Fighting the destructive power of wildfire means that our Wildland Firefighters are working in extreme conditions protecting people’s lives, homes, and forestland,” said Charlie Morgan, State Forester.

Morgan said the Mississippi strike team should return home in about two weeks.

Copyright WDAM 2018. All Rights Reserved.

  • Local NewsLOCALMore>>

  • Four charged with child abuse in Jones County

    Four charged with child abuse in Jones County

    Sunday, June 24 2018 3:36 PM EDT2018-06-24 19:36:32 GMT
    Douglas Lovett, Rebecca Lovett, Louge, and Robinson were all taken into custody and charged with five counts of Contributing to Delinquency or Neglect to a Child.; (Photo source: Jones County Sheriff's Dept.)Douglas Lovett, Rebecca Lovett, Louge, and Robinson were all taken into custody and charged with five counts of Contributing to Delinquency or Neglect to a Child.; (Photo source: Jones County Sheriff's Dept.)

    Four people were arrested on charges of child abuse in Jones County after their children were found malnourished and covered in insect bites.

    More >>

    Four people were arrested on charges of child abuse in Jones County after their children were found malnourished and covered in insect bites.

    More >>
  • Woman injured after diving accident in Forrest County

    Woman injured after diving accident in Forrest County

    Saturday, June 23 2018 11:57 PM EDT2018-06-24 03:57:15 GMT
    A woman was hospitalized after a diving accident in Forrest County; (Photo source: WDAM)A woman was hospitalized after a diving accident in Forrest County; (Photo source: WDAM)

    A woman is in the hospital after a diving accident in Forrest County.

    More >>

    A woman is in the hospital after a diving accident in Forrest County.

    More >>
  • Miss Tupelo crowned Miss Mississippi 2018

    Miss Tupelo crowned Miss Mississippi 2018

    Saturday, June 23 2018 11:48 PM EDT2018-06-24 03:48:49 GMT
    Aysa Branch, Miss Tupelo, won Miss Mississippi 2018 Saturday during the televised pageant. (Photo Source : Miss Mississippi Corporation)Aysa Branch, Miss Tupelo, won Miss Mississippi 2018 Saturday during the televised pageant. (Photo Source : Miss Mississippi Corporation)
    Aysa Branch, Miss Tupelo, won Miss Mississippi 2018 Saturday during the televised pageant. (Photo Source : Miss Mississippi Corporation)Aysa Branch, Miss Tupelo, won Miss Mississippi 2018 Saturday during the televised pageant. (Photo Source : Miss Mississippi Corporation)
    Aysa Branch won the title of Miss Mississippi 2018 on Saturday following three days of preliminaries in Vicksburg. Branch was one of the first winners during day one of primaries in the swimsuit competition.  CONGRATS! Miss Tupelo wins Miss Mississippi 2018 #MissMississippi #MissMS2018 pic.twitter.com/yHdq0cYyOU — ShakariSBriggs (@ShakariSBriggs) June 24, 2018 A native of Booneville, Branch is a University of Mississippi student studying integrated marketing comm...More >>
    Aysa Branch won the title of Miss Mississippi 2018 on Saturday following three days of preliminaries in Vicksburg. Branch was one of the first winners during day one of primaries in the swimsuit competition.  CONGRATS! Miss Tupelo wins Miss Mississippi 2018 #MissMississippi #MissMS2018 pic.twitter.com/yHdq0cYyOU — ShakariSBriggs (@ShakariSBriggs) June 24, 2018 A native of Booneville, Branch is a University of Mississippi student studying integrated marketing comm...More >>
Powered by Frankly