Brush fire damages acres of land

A Friday afternoon fire on the Madison-Jackson county line threatened homes and burned a barn.

It happened near County Road 103 and Highway 72 in the Paint Rock community of Jackson County.

You could see the smoke from Highway 72, stretching from the road to the hills.

A toasted layer of land laying crispy in the hot dry air, lining the driveways of homes, burning barns, but not causing much harm.

"There were at least three occupied structures that were in danger," says Greg Wood with the Alabama Forestry Division.

The danger disintegrated when crews formed containment lines stopping the spread.

Still weather conditions continued causing textbook threats to those battling the blaze.

One volunteer fire fighter overcome, overheated due to hot weather, and smoke-filled skies, still for the span of searing smoke and turned-up temps, only the flare and glow of burned branches were visible shortly after it all started.

Then came the rain.  Pulling people back, stalling the squads, but not stopping success.

"It's kind of a double edge sword, the rain does help some, the moisture we're always glad to get, but with these pop up storms, you never know what kind of erratic winds you're going to get that drastically change the direction of the fire," says Wood.

That fire was deemed under control just before 5:00 p.m. Friday.

We've been told the firefighter who was taken to the hospital is doing well.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.