Crews still working to put out Talladega National Forest fire

Smoke from the fire burning in the Talladega National Forest as seen from the air. Source: WBRC video
Smoke from the fire burning in the Talladega National Forest as seen from the air. Source: WBRC video
Source: WBRC video
Source: WBRC video

CALHOUN COUNTY, AL (WBRC) - Dozens of firefighters in east Alabama are still working to put out a wildfire in the Talladega National Forest.

The fire has now burned about 430 acres and officials believe it may consume 566 acres before it's put out completely. The fire is in a southwest part of the Dugger Mountain Wilderness which is in both Calhoun and Cleburne counties.

Officials say the fire was started by someone, but the exact cause is still unknown. They believe it may have started from a campfire on Sunday, but that has not yet been confirmed.

Firefighters say no homes are in danger. They are building contingency lines around private land nearby in case the fire jumps the control lines, according to USDA Forest Service officials.

A team of 53 firefighters and support staff are using three fire engines, a helicopter and two bulldozers to put out the fire.

The Forest Service says the Pinhoti Trail has been closed within the wilderness boundary due to the fire. Hikers can reroute onto Forest Service Road 500 and County Road 55.

The rain is expected to help the firefighters' efforts to put out the fire.

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