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Mississippi firefighters in Colorado fighting the state’s largest wildfire

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While the Gulf States are dealing with the aftermath of wind and water destruction wrought by Hurricane Laura, Colorado is dealing with an unprecedented outbreak of enormous fires.

The Mississippi Forestry Commission sent a team of 20 firefighters to Colorado earlier this week to assist in wildfire suppression efforts. The Pine Gulch Fire, where the Mississippi team was sent, is now the largest in the state’s history, consuming more than 139,000 acres as of Friday. More than 900 firefighters are on the scene.

Colorado had seven active wildfires Monday that collectively burned more than 304 square miles, fueled by abnormally dry conditions and hot weather that are part of a 20-year shift in Colorado’s climate toward greater aridity, The Denver Post reported Monday.

“We appreciate our employees volunteering to be part of these efforts to help our state and federal partners in Colorado,” said Russell Bozeman, MFC state forester, in a statement. “Fighting the destructive power of wildfire means our wildland firefighters are working long hours in extreme conditions protecting people’s lives, homes and forestland.”

The members of the 20-person team are trained in wildland firefighting tactics and work together to help contain wildfires by constructing a fire line with hand tools. The Mississippi team will be on  the ground for at least another 10 days, and they could see an extension of that time based on need. The crew names will be released upon their return.

“In addition to assisting our state and federal partners, our crew members will gain valuable experience that will make them more efficient and effective wildland firefighters when they return home,” Bozeman said. “We are proud of our employees’ dedication and service and look forward to their safe return to Mississippi.”

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House fire on Sherwood Drive in Vicksburg

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Vicksburg firefighters responded to a house fire at 126 Sherwood Drive off of Porter’s Chapel Road just before 6 p.m. Saturday.

The fire originated in the kitchen area and caused heavy smoke. No one was home at the time of the fire and there are no injuries.

“Fast response from firefighters on Engine 2 and Engine 8 saved the home from having extensive damage,” said Vicksburg Fire Chief Craig Danczyk. They remain on the scene removing smoke and heat from the home.

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Apartment fire at the Park at Milestone

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(photo by Thomas Parker)

Vicksburg firefighters responded to a structure fire at The Park at Milestone at 6332 Common Circle at 11:26 a.m. Friday.

A resident reported smoke coming from below their unit.

The fire was quickly extinguished and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Ladder 15, Engines 7 and 8, Rescue and Fire Medic 30, along with Battalion 1, responded.

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Morning fire at Eaton Cooper Lighting in Vicksburg

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Eaton Cooper Lighting at 5035 U.S. Highway 61 South in Vicksburg was the scene of a fire Thursday morning.

Vicksburg firefighters were dispatched to the fire at 8:07 a.m. The call indicated flames and smoke were showing. Upon arrival firefighters found a piece of industrial equipment on the south side of the facility on fire, and they were able to quickly extinguish it. It’s unclear what caused the fire at this time.

All employees were evacuated from the building and are safe. No injuries have been reported.

Units responding included Engines 2, 8, Rescue, a Fire Medic Unit, Battalion 1 and Chief Craig Danczyk along with Deputy Chief Trey Martin.

Employees were safely evacuated from Eaton Cooper Lighting Thursday. (photo by Thomas Parker)

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