AFC: 225+ acre Brookside wildfire contained, could burn for a week

BROOKSIDE, Ala. (WIAT) — A wildfire in Brookside has been burning since Wednesday afternoon and could be burning up to a week.

Firefighters were able to divert the fire away from any structures Wednesday evening by plowing lines around the homes with a bulldoze. The Alabama Forestry Commission says rough terrain has kept them from being able to contain the fire entirely, as they could not create a containment perimeter.

The fire had at first burned around 30 acres around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, and as of Thursday at noon, had spread to 225 acres.

Nine firefighters from Walker, Jefferson and Tuscaloosa fire departments are battling the fire with three bulldozers. Some of the firefighters have been out at the scene of the fire since 3 p.m. yesterday.

Just after noon Thursday, the fire was contained, but not controlled. There is still active burning inside the containment lines. No structures are currently in danger.

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