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Talladega National Forest wildfire 100 percent contained

The wildfire that was burning in the Talladega National Forest has been 100 percent contained. Source: Dixon Hayes/WBRC The wildfire that was burning in the Talladega National Forest has been 100 percent contained. Source: Dixon Hayes/WBRC
CALHOUN COUNTY, AL (WBRC) -

A wildfire that broke out in the Talladega National Forest last week has been 100 percent contained, according to officials with the U.S. Forest Service.

The fire burned a total of 536 acres in the southwest part of the Dugger Mountain Wilderness in Cleburne and Calhoun counties. At one point, officials estimated that it would burn up to 566 acres.

Fire crews are still working to mop-up the remaining heat sources, such as burning stumps and logs. Smoke from the still-burning logs may be noticeable for the next few days. About 43 people are still working to put out all of the hot spots.

Officials believe the wildfire was started by a campfire that wasn't fully extinguished.

The Pinhoti Trail is still closed as a result of the fire. Officials suggest hikers reroute onto Forest Service Road 500 and County Road 55.

Motorists driving on Rabbittown Road/County Road 55 are also encouraged to be cautious especially at night since there could still be smoke on the road and firefighting crews in the area.

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