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Latest Waterloo wildfire forces home evacuations

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WATERLOO, AL (WAFF) -

Waterloo's second wildfire this week forced the evacuation of eight homes on Tuesday.

Firefighters said the wind change actually helped them battle the 100-acre fire on Wednesday. The fire started at about noon Tuesday near County Road 2 and County Road 14 in Lauderdale County, and it keeps burning.

"It’s so hot you couldn't get close to it. We had to stay back put a line ahead of it and hope it held," said Steve McEachron with the Alabama Forestry Commission.

McEachron said with the hot temperatures, the drop in humidity and the winds picking up, the fire jumped several lines crews made, inching closer to a handful of homes.

"It’s really hard to stop a fire like that. It just burned very quickly. You just have to be very careful. But no one was hurt and we didn't lose any homes. That’s the really good news," McEachron  said.

The Alabama Forestry Commission will keep watch in the air.

The cause of the fire is being investigated.

"It's either someone set it on purpose or its dry enough now the conditions are dry enough that you could flick a cigarette out to potentially set a fire,” McEachron said. “It's really hard to say."

Fire crews will stay out near the homes to make sure the flames don't get any closer.

There was a brush fire in Waterloo on Monday. That one was investigated as possible arson. Read that story here.

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