Ingram calls Forestry Commission over large burn

MONTGOMERY CO., AL (WSFA) - Montgomery County Commissioner Reed Ingram says he's concerned with the size of a large, controlled burn near Ramer even though it was permitted by the Alabama Forestry Department.

Quite a few viewers contact the WSFA 12 Newsroom about the fire, which could be seen for miles.

Commissioner Ingram said the fire, estimated at 80 acres, was an agriculture controlled burn, but he became concerned because the land in the area is very dry.

Ingram said no one from the State of Alabama notified the Montgomery County Sheriff's office of the large burn. Had the burn gotten out of control, Ingram said, the county's first responders would have been forced to respond to the blaze.

Commissioner Ingram said the Ala. State Forestry Dept. has since agreed to notify the county sheriff's department if they allow for permits to create a fire of 40 acres or larger.

The fire is being controlled off Highway 331 in Ramer in Montgomery County.

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