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MS Forestry personnel return from fighting western wildfires

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Over the last several months, the Mississippi Forestry Commission has deployed personnel and equipment to assist states experiencing catastrophic wildfires.

From late July to early August, the MFC deployed seven wildland firefighters, two bulldozers and two other vehicles to Texas to assist the Texas Forest Service with containing multiple fires scattered across the state. Additionally, one wildland firefighter was sent to Colorado and a second was sent to Oregon to assist officials in those states.

“Everyone is well aware of the wildfires raging in California, Colorado and Oregon. There have also been devastating wildfires across Texas over the last few months,” said MFC State Forester Russell Bozeman in a statement. “Fortunately, we were in a position to be able to send resources to these four states to help them in their battle against these wildfires.”

In late August, a 20-person MFC hand-tool crew was deployed to Colorado to assist federal and state officials with suppression efforts on the Pine Gulch Fire. After only a few days at Pine Gulch, the MFC crew was redeployed to the Cameron Peak fire near Fort Collins.

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

All MFC employees have returned home safely and have started preparing for the start of the fall wildfire season in Mississippi.

“Our wildland firefighters who deployed to these states not only helped our state and federal partners in their efforts, but they also gained valuable experience that will make them better firefighters here at home,” Bozeman said.

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Overnight shooting in Warren County

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Just after 1 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, a shooting victim arrived in the Emergency Room at Merit Health River Region, reportedly with a gunshot wound to the leg.

Warren County Deputies are currently investigating the shooting that reportedly occurred at the Autumn Oak Townhouses at 4920 Halls Ferry Road.  Deputies are currently on scene at the apartment complex and the emergency room at the time of this writing.

The Vicksburg Daily News will provide additional information as it becomes available.

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18-wheeler in wreck on 61 South in Warren County

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An 18-wheeler was involved in a single vehicle crash around 6 p.m. Wednesday on U.S. Highway 61 South approximately 1 mile north of the Claiborne-Warren County line.

The truck left the roadway on the northbound side of the highway for unknown reasons.

The driver was transported to Claiborne County Hospital by private vehicle before law enforcement arrived on the scene. His condition is not known at this time.

Traffic has not been affected, but use caution in the area to allow investigators to do their jobs safely.

Warren County deputies Daniel Thomas and Ron Kinard are on the scene, and a trooper from the Mississippi State Police is on the way and will be in charge of the investigation.

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Vicksburg named Water Treatment Plant of the Year for second consecutive year

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For the second year in a row, the City of Vicksburg has received the 2020 Water Treatment Plant of the Year Award from the American Water Works Association. The award cites overall water quality, plant improvements, energy efficiency and regulatory conformance as criteria for the selection.

“Having the best water treatment plant in the State of Mississippi for two years in a row is just one more reason why people should move to Vicksburg,” said Mayor George Flaggs Jr. in a statement. “Our philosophy is to provide the best quality service at the least cost to the taxpayers. Today, we’re continuing to deliver on that promise.”

The Board of Mayor and Aldermen hired ESG Operations, Inc. in 2016 to manage and operate the city’s water treatment plant on Haining Road. The plant has received a five-star rating from the State Department of Health for the past four years and has been in 100% compliance with all regulatory agencies.

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