UPDATE: Alabama Highway 35 reopens after being shut down due to wildfire

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ala. – According to the National Park Service, Alabama Highway 35 has reopened after being closed for several hours.

Officials shut down the highway between Alabama Highway 176 and Alabama Highway 273 due to very thick smoke from the fire that is still burning near Little River Canyon.

The highway reopened at approximately 2 p.m. Sunday.

The National Park Service requests people to drive with their headlights on, using caution and driving slowly on Alabama Highway 35 as the smoke is still crossing the road, and fire vehicles are still patrolling the area. Fire crews successfully managed the fire line along highway 35. Smoke may continue creating a visibility issue for the duration of the fire.

The park has closed the Martha’s Falls area. Little River Canyon National Preserve and multiple teams from other agencies are currently combating a wildfire that has consumed over 300 acres in the Martha’s Falls and County Road 861 area south of Alabama Highway 35. Air tanker drops, helicopter drops and Alabama Forestry Commission bulldozers assisted the fire teams.