Heavy smoke blankets Marshall County, south Huntsville

ALBERTVILLE, Ala. - Heavy smoke is covering Marshall County and other areas of the Tennessee Valley, but it's not coming from any active fires in the area, instead it's coming from across state lines.

The smoke is blanketing the county, from Arab to Boaz. The smoke is so heavy, it looks like a thick fog in areas. There are also reports of smoke in Huntsville.

The amount of smoke in the air is very visible, and the smell gets noticeably stronger the closer you get to those areas. But, even though there's a lot of smoke that's spread, it's not very thick, yet.

"At this time most of the smoke is coming from fires not in our area," said Albertville Fire Department Capt. Shane Nash. He said the smoke is due to large wildfires in Georgia, Tennessee, and North Carolina.

"The western winds has pushed it into our area, so we're just gonna have to wait till the weather changes, to kinda, let it dissipate from our area," said Capt. Nash.

Nash said he knows people might have been worried when they stepped outside this morning, but they want the community to know there is no real danger right now.

"We've had a lot of calls at the fire department, people just curious what's going on, the smell, and the haze in the area, but  it's just one of those things we're just gonna have to let mother nature take it's course," he said.

One thing to be aware of is visibility on the roads as more smoke comes in. Nash said to be aware of your surroundings, but so far it's been pretty clear and they haven't had any problems, besides the smell and the haze.

However, the smoke has gotten so bad that the Alabama Department of Environmental Management has issued an air quality alert for Madison and Morgan counties. Children and adults who suffer from asthma are the one who will probably be most impacted by the heavy smoke, so it might be best to stay indoors as much as possible until the smoke clears.