By Randy Mitchell
LULA — A large wildfire near Lula kept firefighters working into the night Tuesday.
Pontotoc County Emergency Management Director Chad Letellier said the fire started two miles north and two miles east of Lula and spread north and northeast.
Letellier said although the fire did get into fields, most of it was contained to woods which slowed it down but made it more difficult for firefighters to gain access.
Firefighters from Lula, Allen, Union Valley, BIA, Stonewall, Chickasaw Rangers, Happyland and Homer responded and were assisted by Pontotoc County District One, Letellier said.
“As far as fighting the fire it went very well for the conditions,” Letellier said. “We had District One come out with their dozer and they cut a dozer line all the way around it, and we back burned from the dozer line all the way around it.”
Firefighters battled the blaze from just after 2 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. The Red Cross set up a staging area and supplied firefighters with water and food.
Officials aren’t exactly sure what caused the fire. Pontotoc County is under a burn ban.