VFD units fight Lee County fires

By JB Clark/NEMS Daily Journal

SHANNON – Lee County volunteer firefighters have been hard at work, battling three brush fires the last two days.
Wednesday around 5 p.m. the Nettleton and Plantersville volunteer fire departments battled a significant brush fire in the Nettleton area along County Road 122. The Mississippi Forestry Commission was called in to help control the burn.
Also Wednesday night, along County Road 1041 in Guntown, Guntown and Pratts Friendship volun- teer fire departments worked to contain another brush fire.
Around the same time on Tuesday night, volunteers fought a brush fire along the 4000 block of Highway 6 for hours.
The fire lasted into Wednesday morning and burned about 25 acres of underbrush, according to Union Volunteer Fire Chief Craig Pettigrew.
Pettigrew said volunteers from Union, Nettleton, Richmond, Plantersville and Palmetto worked from 5:30 p.m. until about 9 p.m. to contain the fire and keep smoke from billowing over Highway 6. The highway was closed for almost three hours because of too much smoke cover.
Pettigrew said volunteers returned to the scene around 11 p.m. to put out a tree that caught fire from smoldering embers in the underbrush and then from 12:30 a.m. until 2 a.m. to make sure the underbrush stayed under control.
No one was injured.
Pettigrew said they weren’t sure how the fire started but heard reports of some controlled burns in the area throughout the week as well as people cutting scrap metal.
The Mississippi Forestry Commission was called in to plow underbrush around the fire to help contain the blaze.
jb.clark@journalinc.com