South Mississippi Hit by Rash of Wildfires

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The Mississippi Forestry Commission responded to 42 wildfires in a recent three-day period in its 10-county southeastern district.

The fires consumed at least 2,300 acres, but officials say it's hard to keep an up-to-date count with fires starting so often.

Van Crump is protection forester for the Mississippi Forestry Commission and he says fire crews have worked through the weekend putting out several blazes.

Crump said so far this month hasn't been as bad as March, which saw days of up to 50 fires in the 10-county region. But Crump says the number of fires is still tracking far above normal.

Crump said downed timber from Katrina in August is still causing problems. He said his agency, which has lost about a third of its personnel over the past eight to 10 years from budget cuts, is being stretched thin.

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