As of 0930 the fire off Deans Ferry Road is 100% contained. Please be aware that you may still see or smell smoke for several days to come as parts of it will continue to burn within the borders of the fire breaks. ... ExpandHide
We are currently working a large woods fire in the area of Deans Ferry Road and Elvester Road on the old Birmingham Water Works property. West Blount, along with the Alabama Forestry Commission has had crews on scene for the past six hours and we anticipate being on scene well into the morning.
Due to the size of this fire, if you live in the communities or areas of; Nyota, Elvester Road, Deans Ferry Road, Misty Acres, Mountain Woods Lake (East) and Hidden Creek, please expect to see and smell smoke. Numerous calls have been placed requesting personnel to investigate the smell of smoke in these areas and causing manpower constraints.
Thank you for your cooperation and, as always, your support. ... ExpandHide
If you read this it says it is unlawful to burn. Please no burning at all period. If we get called to your residence for any kind of rubbish fire we will extinguish it immediately and advise of the no burn order that is out now. If you set it again we will have you fined. We are taking this very seriously and we expect everyone to do the same. If you start a fire and it gets out of control and burns your neighbors house down you will be held responsible. So if you see a neighbor burning tell them to put it out.
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From Coleen Vansant with the Alabama Forestry Commission...
"Right now Alabama currently has 27 active wildfires across the state. Twenty of those are in the north-one half of the state, from Bibb and Shelby across to Talladega, Clay and Randolph north to the Tennessee line. And from Mississippi to Georgia. In addition, we have already contained or controlled 22 in this same area today.
As of last night, aside from a few equipment use and power line fires, the two leading causes were arson and debris burning and they were almost even. We have been begging for the public’s cooperation for almost two weeks but apparently they are not getting how critical the problem is right now. Today and tomorrow we are under a Red Flag warning.
Firefighters are reporting very erratic fire behavior including fire whirls, fire in the tops of hardwood trees, and last night the humidity was so low at 9:00 that our backfires were acting so erratic that we had to stop because it was not effective."
PLEASE do not do any outdoor burning! ... ExpandHide