Wildfire near Chilton/Autauga Co. line deemed arson

A wildfire near the Chilton/Autauga Co. line is now being deemed arson.
A wildfire near the Chilton/Autauga Co. line is now being deemed arson.

CHILTON CO., AL (WSFA) - Alabama Forestry Commission officials say the flames are out near the Chilton/Autauga County. There isn't a lot authorities can do about risks from high temperatures and little rain, but they intend to find the arsonist who started this situation.

Forestry officials say someone set a fire that engulfed more than 40 acres of land Wednesday evening. Firefighters worked through the night to contain and extinguish the large blaze near Chilton Co. Road 446 and Autauga County Road 170.

Thursday afternoon, the area was still smoldering. The blaze did not damage any homes in the area since it moved away from inhabited areas.

The state is already dealing with extremely dry conditions, and AFC officials are especially concerned about the danger presented by fireworks during the 4th of July celebration.

Authorities have not released any information at this time regarding a suspect or motive.

In the last week, more than 700 acres of Alabama land have burned. An AFC map shows all the current wildfires within the state.

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