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Harrison County fires burn near state line

Tuesday, September 13, 2011 - 8:59am

UPDATE: Both fires in Harrison County are now 100% contained, according to the Harrison County Sheriff's Office.

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Harrison County has seen its share of fires over the past week...and this week isn't starting out any differently. Fire crews began responding to a blaze on Sunday morning near I-20. That fire started when an 18-wheeler crashed, emitting sparks. It raged between Waskom and Marshall for several hours, destroying almost 300 acres.

David Johnson was evacuated from his home. He's able to return now, after watching it all from the other side of the highway. "It was really scary. I thought the house was going to burn down." But thankfully, his house was saved. Only 3 structures are reported damaged in this fire, including one mobile home. Sheriff's officials say it was unoccupied at the time.

On Monday morning, another blaze sparked near Leigh. That fire was quickly contained...but began again late Monday afternoon, threatening to cross into Caddo parish. Fire crews from Texas and Louisiana responded to the fire. As of Tuesday morning, it is 100% contained.

Harrison County residents are reminded that the county is under a strict burn ban...which includes a restriction on the burning of trash.

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