Multiple crews battle grass fire on I-65 near Buc-ee’s
ATHENS, Ala. (WAFF) - Multiple agencies were responding to a grass fire in a field on Interstate 65 near Buc-ee’s Sunday afternoon, per fire officials.
Athens Fire and Rescue Chief James Hand said the AFR along with numerous agencies battled the fire that extends between Exit 351 and Buc-ee’s. Hand said the fire was on the east side of I-65. As of 5:08 p.m. Sunday, fire officials confirmed no structures were damaged. The fire is contained and crews are hitting hot spots.
According to Athens Police Chief Anthony Pressnell, the one-lane closure on Interstate 65 north of Buc-ee’s and South of Highway 72 should be open in an hour or so around 6 p.m. tentatively. Officials urge motorists around the area to expect traffic delays and watch for responders.
City officials said along with AFR, nearly every county department assisted, as well as crews from Priceville, Decatur and Huntsville.
The Alabama Forestry Commission confirmed that 110 acres were burned.
At this time the cause of the fire is unknown.
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