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Crews continue to fight wildfires on Lookout Mountain

DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. -- Six wildfires and four thousand burned acres on Lookout Mountain has left several crews depleted.

Multiple Dekalb County fire departments, the Alabama Forestry Commission, and the National Guard have all put time into fighting the blaze they say was set by arsonists.

Mentone Fire Department Chief Joseph Lee says the wildfires on the mountain have been the toughest to fight.

For the last two weeks, they've constantly battled with nature, trying to stop the blaze from reaching homes.

Debra Lee owns one of those homes crews are trying to protect. She says she didn't know how the situation was going to play out, but all agencies kept her informed of the status of the fires every step of the way.

"Everybody has been just so nice, so I even got hugs from the police officers, and a couple of the firefighters," said Lee

Many men and women have worked long hours to get the Lookout Mountain fire contained. Chief Lee says they couldn't have pushed through without the Mentone community supporting the crews with food and water. Their kindness has served as motivation for those helping to contain the flames.

 

"I wouldn't want to live anywhere else in the nation. This is home," Chief Lee says.