UPDATE: Fire at Little River Canyon burns 350 acres

Crews work to battle a wildfire at Little River Canyon (Photo: John Montgomery)

Crews work to battle a wildfire at Little River Canyon (Photo: John Montgomery)

LITTLE RIVER CANYON, Ala. – Teams from the Little River Canyon National Preserve and multiple other agencies are battling a large wildfire near the Martha’s Falls area of Little River Canyon.

Officials with the National Park Service say fire lines have been set.

The wildfire started Saturday morning and has since burned at least 350 acres.

The stretch of Alabama Highway 35 from Alabama Highway 176 south to Alabama Highway 273 in Cherokee County was closed for a few hours Sunday due to thick smoke. Officials expect the roadway to reopen Sunday afternoon.

A portion of County Road 861 near Little River Canyon was closed closed due to the fire on Saturday night.

This is an archived live blog. Our updates below appear in the order they were posted.

Jake Reed October 22, 20163:25 pm

Jake Reed October 22, 20163:29 pm

Jake Reed October 22, 20163:33 pm

A large fire is burning over 3 dozen acres near Little River Canyon. WHNT News 19 viewer Marty Puckett uploaded this picture from the Little River Canyon Bridge using the WHNT News 19 app.

Jake Reed October 22, 20164:00 pm
Jason Simpson October 22, 20164:01 pm

Jake Reed October 22, 20164:06 pm
Jake Reed October 22, 20164:07 pm

Jake Reed October 22, 20164:52 pm

REMINDER: There is a ‘no burn order’ in effect for 46 Alabama counties. This bans ALL outdoor burning: http://whnt.com/2016/10/12/new-drought-declaration-bans-all-outdoor-burning-in-46-alabama-counties/

Jessica Grotjahn October 22, 20164:56 pm

Park Rangers say the fire has grown to over 100 acres now. Crews are hoping to hold a fire line starting at the power lines on County Road 861 to keep the fire under control. There are homes in the area, but there is no mandatory evacuation at this time. 

Jessica Grotjahn October 22, 20164:58 pm

Authorities ask that anyone that is in the park on the Hwy 35 side to please avoid the area.

Jessica Grotjahn October 22, 20165:07 pm

Authorities caution there will be smoke tonight. Drivers should use caution on Hwy 35 and County Road 861 because there could be firefighters in the roadways, and visibility could be low due to the smoke.

Jessica Grotjahn October 22, 20165:08 pm

Authorities say portions of County Road 861 are closed at this time, and they are working to open alternate routes for residents in the area. There are detour signs in the area to help people out.

Jake Reed October 22, 20165:16 pm

Jessica Grotjahn October 22, 20166:49 pm