MOORES MILL, Ala. – Multiple fire crews battled a large brush fire in Madison County Sunday in the Moores Mill area near Shields Road and Ford’s Circle.
It took nearly five hours to put out the fire that officials estimate covered four to five acres. This is the third time this weekend that fire crews were called out to the wooded area off Shields Road. Officials say Sunday’s blaze was from a fire that originally started Friday night.
“Three nights ago we got called out for a train car that was on fire. When we got here we put out the fire. The next day we got called back out due to a couple rekindles and we put those out. We are back again for the third day,” said Moores Mill Volunteer Fire Department Captain, Andrew Putman.
“This is a really large-scale incident. It involved numerous departments,” said Putman.
More than fifty men and women trudged into the woods to put out the blaze. The following fire crews are on the scene: Huntsville, Moores Mill, New Market, Hazel Green, Central, Meridianville, Keel Mountain, Killingsworth Cove, and Monrovia.
Putman says dry conditions contributed to Sunday’s fire, helping it rekindle again.
“It’s dry, it’s humid everything will combust,” said Putman.
He says the brush was too thick so they called the Alabama Forestry Commission for help.
“We called in forestry to help us out. The brush that’s underneath is about six-foot-tall so its easier to use a bulldozer just to cut a clean-cut path through,” said Putman.
It was all hands on deck. The Red Cross and HEMSI assisted the firefighters so they could put the blaze out once and for all.
“We’re doing fifteen-minute intervals so they’ll go in and get to a point where an officer, I call them my point of contact, will say hey yall’ve been in ‘x’ amount and they’ll send them out to us and we’ll have them rehabbed,” said Putman.
Captain Putman wants to remind individuals that summer burn restrictions in place until October 31st. There’s also a fire danger advisory for all 67 Alabama counties until significant rainfall is received.
It’s not clear how the fire originally started in the abandoned train car on Friday night, crews on scene tell WHNT News 19 the cause is under investigation.