Wildfire hits portion of Miss. coast

GAUTIER — Authorities say a wildfire in Jackson County that rerouted traffic for a time is 95 percent out but officials have removed about 100 animals from a shelter because they were afraid they could be overcome by smoke.

Authorities say 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.

Firefighters from four departments battled the 75-acre blaze. By evening much of it was out and all roads opened.

Randy Wilson of the Mississippi Forestry Commission said no homes were evacuated.

Jackson County Animal Shelter Supervisor Bill Richmond told The Sun Herald earlier that it would be safer to let the animals stay put. Later they took them to homes, rescue organizations and a temporary shelter.

The Associated Press