A large wildfire that has been burning in the Little River Canyon National Preserve is now 100 percent contained according to Matt Woodfin with the Cherokee County Office of the Alabama Forestry Commssion. The fire started earlier this morning at the Little River Canyon National Preserve at the Hippie Hole near Martha’s Falls in DeKalb County and quickly spread into Cherokee County on County Road 861.
Several Alabama Forestry Units from Cherokee and DeKalb Counties along with the Broomtown, Gaylesville and Adamsburg and Cloudland Fire Departments and National Park Service Personnel are assisting in addition to 3 AFC pumpers. The Forestry Commission called an air drop unit to deploy fire reterdent on fire.
According to Woodfin approximately 500-800 acres has already burned. Forestry crews preformed 3 air drops and used helicopters with large buckets to fight the blaze from the air, all air operations have been seized for the night. A plow line has been made completley around the fire tonight.
Crews will gather in the morning at 8:00 a.m. for a briefing. We’ll keep you updates through the night. Fire Departments from all across northern Cherokee County have remained busy all day despite the fact that a No Burn Order remains in effect.