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Officials say fire is contained

JACKSON COUNTY - The massive forest fire that started around noon on Saturday, north of U.S. 90 and west of Mississippi 57, has been contained, said Randy Wilson, coastal fire coordinator for the Mississippi Forestry Commission.

Several hot spots remain within the 850 acres that burned throughout the day and night, so fire crews will continue to monitor the situation, he said. Smoldering embers could be carried by the wind and reignite fires. Motorists on nearby roadways should continue to be aware of smoky conditions.

"We'll be continuing to monitor it for the next 48 hours," Wilson said.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, although it has been determined that the fire was not started due to natural causes, he said. Dry conditions played a part in the spread of the fire. All three coastal counties are under a burn ban.

Residents that notice fire burning nearby their properties, outside of the monitored fire lines, should contact local authorities, Wilson said.