North Alabama fires fuel statewide burn ban

North Alabama fires fuel statewide burn ban

(WAFF) - An Albertville wildfire is now contained, but crews continue to fight more than dozens of fires across Alabama. 

Firefighters in north Alabama are spread out across four fires in DeKalb, Lauderdale and Marshall counties. 

The Albertville fire, which is burning near homes on Woodmere Drive, is now under control. 

Firefighters worked nearly 17 hours on Sunday to get the wildfire under control after seeking the aid of the state forestry commission.

It's unclear how the fire started, but crews worked to create a firebreak around the burning area.

Forty acres of debris, left behind from the 2011 tornadoes, helped fuel the fire. 

"It was like somebody had dumped some match sticks out. It was all intertwined," said Albertville assistant fire chief Jason Beam.  "We couldn't get in to fight it so that's the reason we called forestry and they pretty much just cut around it and I think there was a couple of houses that were endangered at one point."

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The city of Boaz issued one Monday morning until further notice.

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