NESBIT, Miss. — The Desoto County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating after a massive brush fire in Nesbit Thursday night.
Investigators said it started as an unauthorized burn allegedly set by the property owner on Star Landing Road near Highway 51 around 9 p.m. The fire was intended to be a controlled burn but got out of control because of strong winds.
Lieutenant Mitchell James with the Nesbit Fire Department said the blaze consumed several acres.
“When we showed up we realized it was going to be more than we could handle,” James said.
It took roughly 30 firefighters from three different fire departments hours to contain, including help from Walls and Eudora.
“For unincorporated Desoto County, that’s the entire west side. So, the entire west side of the county was over here fighting one fire and thankfully, there weren’t any other emergencies last night but had there been we would have been scrambling trying to get more people where they needed to be,” James said.
The Fire Marshal’s office is investigating to determine if the property owner will be cited.
Officials said all burns in the county must be permitted, but no permit was issued for this one.
“We used so many resources on one fire that could have been prevented had it not started,” James said.