Several firefighters and other first responders have been fighting a wild fire along Scanlan Road northwest of Decatur this afternoon, a blaze that has consumed more than 20 acres of timber lands.
Officials on the scene said the fire began as a controlled burn in the 1700 block of Scanlan Road, but winds caused the fire to spread into areas outside the prescribed burn. It endangered a couple structures, including a home. The fire is no longer endangering the structures at this time.
Mississippi Forestry Commission workers are using plows to create a fire line to prevent it from spreading.
Agencies that responded to the fire included Decatur VFD, Union VFD, Newton FD, Conehatta VFD, Newton County EMA and Mississippi Forestry Commission.
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