FALKVILLE, Ala. - Multiple fire crews in Morgan County battled a brush fire located off of Highway 55 near Stisher Drive, just south of the Quail Creek Golf Course, and just east of Interstate 65.
Fire crews from Ebenezer and Falkville Volunteer Fire Departments along with the Alabama Forestry Service were on the scene.
Morgan County Dispatchers told us this was a major fire.
Firefighters said the fire actually began on Monday as a trash fire that was left unattended and continued to smolder. Today, winds carried the burning embers into the near by woods.
The northern edge of the fire line was deep in the woods above the golf course. Even the big 4-wheelers had a hard time getting to the fire line. What water firemen could get to the blaze had to be carried in, or dropped by an airplane owned by volunteers with Blackstone Aviation.
Firemen used a strong blowers on the blaze to blow the dead and dry brush away, creating a small fire break they'll watch to make sure the flames don't jump, and start a new fire line. Another fireman raked the area clean to make sure the break held.
All the men fighting the fire are volunteers. "As for the volunteers, I have a whole new appreciation for those guys. They do a tremendous job. We've got multiple departments here that's assisting us, not only with equipment but with manpower as well," said Chief Steve Shelton with the Falkville Volunteer Fire Department.
More volunteers arrived after dark, so that those who have spent the afternoon and evening fighting the fire can get a much-needed rest.
WHNT News 19's Al Whitaker is on the scene and we will bring you updates on-air, online and on social media.