Massive blaze burns more than 50 acres in Attala amidst burn ban

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On Tuesday, October 24th, 2023, Attala Central Fire Department (ACFD) responded to two woods fires on Attala Rd. 2247 (Old Trace Rd.) that burned a total of approximately 50 acres.

One of the fires started as a small half acre fire and quickly spread to several acres of land.  While firefighters worked diligently to contain the blaze, they alerted to the second woods fire that was about 3 miles down the road from the first.

The second fire was burning amongst young pine trees and blazed over around 30 acres.  McCool Volunteer Fire Department assisted ACFD in slowing the spread of the flames.

MS Forestry Commission (MSFC) was requested at both locations to contain the woods fires.  MSFC brought in bulldozers and aid from Natchez Trace Parkway Fire.

Firefighters and MSFC were finally able to get the massive blaze contained around 7 p.m.  The cause of both fires is currently under investigation.

We encourage everyone to follow local restrictions on the burning ban as it is an unusually dry season with little relief in sight.  Anyone considering a permitted controlled burn is encouraged to take extreme measures to control the fire and to notify the county fire department in advance of the burn with your site location and burn permit number. – Attala Central Fire Department Chief, Tim Cox

The contact number to alert ACFD of your controlled burn is 662-289-9163.

Attala County is currently under a burn ban that is set to expire on November 1st, but is subject to be extended.  Click here for more info about what is and is not allowed during the burn ban.

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