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Wildfires burning in Pearl River, Stone counties

The Mississippi Forestry Commission and local fire crews are working to contain two wildfires in South Mississippi, officials said Sunday.

Mike Gray, dispatcher for the Forestry Commission, said about 600 acres of woods are burning in rural Pearl River County.

A wildfire that was called in about 9 a.m. in Stone County is also burning, Gray said, but officials are having a hard time getting to the scene to extinguish it.

"It's so thick in there," Gray said. "A plane is flying over and trying to help crews get to different spots."

Stone County Fire Service officials told Gray that no homes are in danger there. Pearl River fire volunteers have handled structure protection in Pearl River County, Gray said.

The U.S. Forestry Commission is helping with the massive blaze in Pearl River County, and the state Forestry Commission has bulldozers on scene at each wildfire.

A plane is being used in both locations to help navigate crews and make sure they are safe, Gray said.

The Forestry Commission urges residents to exercise caution when starting fires or burning anything due to dry air and low humidity.

What caused the wildfires is still under investigation, Gray said.

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