Jackson County

Update: Woods fire in Jackson County contained

About 40 acres of woods was burned Wednesday in a Jackson County wildfire, Emergency Services Director Earl Etheridge said.

Etheridge said the Northwest Jackson County Volunteer Fire Department and Jackson County Fire Department helped contain the fire, which started about 1 p.m. He said the Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge and state forestry service brought in bulldozers to dig fire lines.

He said firefighters had the wildfire fully contained by about 6:15 p.m.

About 40 acres of woods were burned.

The cause of the fire is unclear, but authorities suspect it may have started at a homeless camp in the area.

"We found a homeles camp, and nobody was there,” Etheridge said. "So there's a possibility they had a fire going, but there was no one there to question." 

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