Smoke plume from controlled burn near Tennessee River visible on radar

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - A large smoke plume from a fire near the Tennessee River was visible on radar Saturday afternoon.

Although it looked like rain on radar, dual-pol products suggest this is smoke drifting into the air.

Several WHNT News 19 viewers sent us pictures of smoke in the sky over south Huntsville.

The Huntsville Fire Department confirmed there was a fire on the Morgan County side of the Tennessee River. Officials say the fire is burning about 10-15 acres.

A viewer contacted WHNT News 19 and said the fire was a controlled burn conducted by farmers in the area who are prepping some private farmland near Laceys Spring.

The controlled burn began just before 3 p.m. Saturday.