Fire crews working to put out large field fire in Limestone County

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LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. – Fire crews in Limestone County are on the scene of yet another fire today.

Limestone County EMA officials say that a soy bean field is on fire on Cowford Road just south of Nuclear Plant Road.

Witnesses say the smoke can be seen for miles.

This is the second fire in Limestone County today. Much of North Alabama has a red flag warning this weekend, which means there is a high fire risk.

Fire officials said the fire burned 90 acres of farm land. Brandon Jones lives across the street and said when he walked outside the entire sky was black. He said the soy bean crops are completely ruined.

“The farmers are just going to have to tear the field apart; it’s already burnt all the way to the ground. There’s not much you can really do with it; you can’t really farm because it’s all burnt away,” Jones said.

It took 4 fire departments to put out the flames, but they contained it within 40 minutes. They believe the fire might have started from harvesting equipment. It may have created a spark and the strong winds caused the flames to spread.

Smoke viewed from the Decatur side of the Tennessee River. (Photo courtesy of Vanessa) Meares

Smoke viewed from the Decatur side of the Tennessee River. (Photo courtesy of Vanessa) Meares