Wildfire hits portion of Miss. coast

By The Associated Press

GAUTIER — Authorities say a wildfire in Jackson County has been extinguished after burning about 325 acres and they will watch the area for a few days in case of possible flare ups.

The fire began before noon Sunday in a relatively new subdivision in south Gautier, burning pine trees in the area. The fire jumped U.S. Highway 90 about 90 minutes later.

Mississippi Forestry Commission spokesman Randy Wilson says the fire was put out late Sunday. He says area will be monitored for the next two to three days to make sure it doesn’t reignite.

Authorities say the investigation begins into what caused the fire. Gautier Deputy Fire Chief Charles Thornburg says they have ruled out fireworks.

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