What started as a prescribed/controlled burn in Cherokee County on Sunday, got out of hand and quickly spread. Matt Woodfin with the Alabama Forestry Commission is on the scene, and he informs WEIS Radio that an area consisting of around 250 acres, is still actively burning.
That fire is centered in the area where the corners of Cherokee, Calhoun and Etowah counties converge, near the landfill. Woodfin tells us the blaze is 100% CONTAINED, and anyone seeing smoke shouldn’t be alarmed. Also anyone traveling in the vicinity should be aware that stiff winds could cause smoke to drift across roadways, causing possible driving hazards.
Woodfin says they’ll be monitoring fire lanes, and containment lines, throughout the day and into the night.
We’ll keep you updated here on WEIS Radio; and bear in mind with exceptionally low humidity and elevated winds, burning is highly discouraged.