Firefighters Setting Backfires to Stop Highway Blaze

UPDATE 9:24 PM

This fire may be on it’s last legs.  An official at the scene said all that remains are controlled burns which were intentionally set to choke off the wildfire’s fuel supply.  They expect the remnants to be burned out by morning.  So far no reports of major property damage or injuries related to the blaze.

 

UPDATE 8:43 PM:

News 5 has been in contact with the Grand Bay Fire department through twitter and they have updated us on this information:

…just to update you all, Grand Bay has been released from the scene including Seven hills, I believe MS Forestry is remaining on scene along with Jackson County Fire District and also AL Forestry. Moss Point and Escatawpa FD have been released also.

 

UPDATE 7:13 PM:

 

News 5’s Chad Petri reports LIVE that firefighters are setting backfires to stop the blaze that has been affecting I-10 and Highway 90 from spreading. Orange flames light up the shoulder of Highway 90 tonight. But traffic is moving along well. Chad will have a LIVE report tonight on News 5 at 10.

 

 

UPDATE 5:22 PM:

WKRG’s Chad Petri reports that the fire is contained but still burning. In

the latest WKRG Facebook LIVE post, flames were still flaring up along the highway. Traffic is moving along better in both directions of I-10, but it is still very heavy. Continue to avoid the area if possible.

 

UPDATE 4:27 PM:

Several agenfire2cies are refire3 spondifire4ng to this fire including Grand Bay F.D., fire1Seven Hills F.D., Forest Lakes, Mississippi Forestry and Mississippi Wildlife and Alabama Forestry will soon be on scene. officials say the firechopperfire has not reached any structures at this time and that they are working hard to contain it. At this time they estimate the size of the fire to be 500 to 1,000 acres. Grand Bay F.D. received the call at 1:00pm Sunday. Highway 90 is back open as well.

UPDATE 4:11 PM:

Eastbound lanes are now moving on I-10 as well

UPDATE 3:22 PM:

Some traffic is now moving very slowly in Westbound lanes.

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ORIGINAL STORY:

Interstate 10 at the Alabama and Mississippi Sate line is shut down due to a large fire in the woods that’s sending smoke across the highway.

It’s not clear what started the fire, but a Facebook LIVE post from WKRG photojournalist Amber Gerard shows the large cloud of smoke looming over the highway. Firefighters have been working to put the flames out for hours. Mississippi Forestry is on the scene trying to get it put out.

Traffic is backed up for miles on I-10. Part of Highway 90 is also affected.

Drivers on I-10 are not moving at all. In fact, some drivers are turning around to get off the highway.

Alternate routes for Mississippi: Highway 614. For Alabama the alternate route is Airport Boulevard.

You can get LIVE updates and alternate routes here.

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