Officials believe fire on Lookout Mountain is a case of arson

DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. -  Officials responded to the fire on Lookout Mountain Wednesday morning.  This fire has already affected more than 100 acres of land in the area.  The Alabama Forestry Commission suspects this is a case of arson.

"The distance from the fire and the weather conditions at the time it started, we don't feel like it's an ember or a spark over. Also, our condition of our line on the old one was in good shape. We do suspect it's arson," says Terry Ezzell of the Alabama Forestry Commission.

There have been five to six other fires started in the area since Sunday, which leads them to believe it is arson.

"To my knowledge the fire marshall is working the case. There is a $5,000 reward to anybody that can give us any information leading to the conviction of one."

The Alabama Forestry Commission and local agencies are doing all that they can to protect the structures near the fire.

"Our resources are tight right now. Just be careful with the regular fires. There is nothing I can say to stop an arsonist, but just be careful. And don't cause a fire that we have to go to take us away from this one."

Fire officials strongly encourage residents to avoid County Road 89 until they've contained the fire.