ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) — Athens Fire and Rescue (AFR) said a large grass fire near Buc-ee’s in Athens, which also caused traffic delays on Interstate 65, was contained after multiple agencies responded.
Fire Chief James Hand said AFR and numerous other agencies responded to a grass fire that extended between I-65 exit 351 and the Athens Buc-ee’s Sunday afternoon. He said the fire was on the east side of the interstate.
The fire was contained as of 5:07 p.m. Sunday, with crews only working to contain a few hot spots, Hand said. He added that no structures were damaged in the fire.
The cause of the fire is currently unknown.
A spokesperson for the City of Athens says that all Athens firefighters were called in to fight the blaze. The department also received aid from the Priceville Volunteer Fire Department, Decatur Fire and Rescue and Huntsville Fire and Rescue.
Athens Police Chief Anthony Pressnell said one lane of I-65 northbound between exits 347 and 353 was shut down while fire crews worked to combat the fire. ALGO Traffic data showed that traffic in that area of I-65 had returned to normal by 6:45 p.m. Sunday.