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County field burn escalates into blaze

NATCHEZ — Winds pushed a controlled burn into an out-of-control blaze that burned 75 acres in Adams County Wednesday.

The Natchez Fire Department and Kingston and Liberty Road volunteer fire departments responded to a fire on Tate Road that initially started when a property owner tried to burn his fields to clear them Wednesday afternoon, according to a news release from the Adams County Sheriff’s Office.

Wind blew the fire onto an adjacent property, spreading the flames across a combined 75 acres before it was contained.

The three fire departments worked to put out the fire and were eventually aided by a Mississippi Forestry Commission bulldozer in containing the flames.

Adams County Volunteer Fire Coordinator Darryl Smith said the county is not under a burn advisory because of dryness, but has been under a wind advisory for several days.

“When they try to burn the fields off, the wind gets up and burns it off kind of fast,” Smith said. “Be aware of the wind and just be safe. Anybody who is going to be out there hopefully will not want to set the fields on fire if they are out there by themselves.”

The NFD also responded to a fire on Galmore Road Wednesday that began as a controlled burn of grass and leaves but spread beyond the ability of the property owner to control it. That fire was contained without major property damage.

“We are glad that these fires could be extinguished without loss of life or injury,” Adams County Sheriff Chuck Mayfield said. “I’d like to say a big ‘thank you’ to members of our Natchez Fire Department and of our community that serve on our volunteer fire departments. I’d also like to reiterate (advice given by ACSO Fire Investigator Buddy Frank) — in this dry, windy weather, please refrain from burning anything.”