AUTAUGA CO., AL (WSFA) - The Alabama Forestry Commission says a wildfire has ignited in Autauga County and it's growing. The fire, which was thought to be approximately 20 acres is now estimated at 50 acres.
Several fire units are battling the blaze at this hour as it burns near Bradford Court and Billingsley in the Independence area of the county.
Crews fighting the brush fire include those from Independence, White City, Old Kingston, Pine Level, Billingsley, Jones the Alabama Forestry Commission and the Autauga County Rescue Squad.
A command center has now been set up.
The commission reported earlier that winds have died down some and that crews are getting the blaze under control.
It was not immediately known if any structures were in danger.
WSFA 12 News has a crew en route to the area. We will have more information as it becomes available.
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NO BURN ORDER
All 67 counties in the state of Alabama continue under a Drought Emergency, often referred to as a "No Burn Order," which prohibits all outdoor burning. Under this rule, it is illegal for any person to set fire to any forest, grass, woods, wildlands or marshes; to build a campfire or bonfire; or to burn trash or other material that may cause a forest, grass, or woods fire.
If convicted, the penalty for violating the No Burn Order is a fine of up to $500 and/or up to six months in jail.