Fire fighters have been battling the lookout mountain fire for weeks now. It was contained earlier this week, but it unfortunately rekindled Wednesday. The fire was reported to the Alabama Forestry Commission around 10 a.m. Wednesday and crews from Valley Head as well as Mentone worked continuously to contain it.
As winds calm overnight into Thursday, there is a concern that smoke could settle in the valley regions of DeKalb County. Air quality could be a concern again by Thursday morning. If you are sensitive to pollutants or already have respiratory issues, use caution and plan to stay indoors if smoke doesn't disperse Thursday.
Mentone Fire Chief Joseph Lee says the fire is about 50% contained and has already scorched nearly 100 acres just outside of Mentone.
Helicopters have been dropping water from above as volunteer fire crews battle the blaze straight at the source.
"Thankfully we have support from all over DeKalb County, we have state support." says Rob Hammond, Mayor of Mentone
A home in the area were completely surrounded by flames, but fire crews were able to save it and every other structure up on the mountain so far.
"A lot of homes were saved up there today." says Mayor Hammond.
Crews are doing everything they can to contain the fire and put out hot spots.
As the firefighters brace for long hours, Mayor Hammond is calling on everyone to be vigilant. "If you see anything suspicious, anyone where they shouldn`t be, notify authorities."
Many of the volunteers believe this fire may have been intentionally set. Governor Bentley announced he`s offering a 5,000 dollar reward to anyone who can help them capture arsonists behind these fires.