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1,200-acre wildfire spreads into DeKalb County

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DEKALB COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

A 1,200-acre wildfire that started in Georgia is now coming into DeKalb County in northeast Alabama.

Fire officials in Alabama began fighting the fire in Alabama on Monday where approximately 400 acres have burned so far. They say this fire has spread so much they've had to call in reinforcements from south Alabama.

The fire has now spread to the Alabama portion of Fox Mountain, which is just north of Sulphur Springs Road near the Alabama-Georgia line off Interstate 59.

Rugged terrain is making it difficult to contain the fire, which is only 30 percent contained at this point.

The forestry commission is also fighting another fire in DeKalb County at Buck's Pocket, which is what's prompting the need for additional resources from other parts of the state.

"We're already short-handed, and when we start having a lot of fires like this it really pulls resources thin and that's why we're urging folks not to burn right now,” said Forestry Commission fire specialist Jeff Keener.

Officials say this fire could take several days to get contained.

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