Fire halts I-65 traffic for hours

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VERBENA, AL (WSFA) - Traffic was at a snail's pace.

And it was all because "we've got about 5 miles of forest fire," says Enterprise Volunteer Firefighter, David Jones.

Officials say the grass fire started near Verbena about 30 miles north of Montgomery.

Jones believes carelessness caused it.

"Apparently a truck [was] dragging a piece of equipment up the interstate and something either fell off or was hanging off."

WSFA 12 News viewers emailed photos and also uploaded them to our "My 12" website showing the fire burning quickly along the interstate right of way.

Jones says taming the flames was no easy task.

"25,000 to 30,000 gallons of water on this 5 mile stretch."

Several volunteer fire departments responded.  At one time authorities closed both sides of the interstate--their only option to keep motorists safe.

"The smoke was all the way across the interstate. You got fire on one side and you can have the wrecks on the other side."

WSFA 12 News crews were told a trailer being towed by a truck was dragging the pavement and sparks started the grass fire.

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