Area fire agencies assisting Nokomis on brush fire off Pine Haven Road

Published 9:40 am Wednesday, August 30, 2023

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Several area fire agencies have been assisting the Nokomis Volunteer Fire Department on a brush fire off Pine Haven Road.

Atmore Fire Chief Ronald Peebles said the brush fire has been contained, and they’ve been battling the fire for some eight days.

“We’re going to keep an eye on it, and try and stay ahead of it,” Peebles said, adding that the winds could have an effect today.

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In addition to the AFD, Walnut Hill Volunteer Fire Department, Perdido and Poarch have provided mutual aid on the fire.

Peebles said a timber company is on site right now trying to assess how many acres have burned.

Peebles said the cause of the fire is under investigation through the Alabama Forestry Commission.

Peebles said in order to quench the fire off Pine Haven Road, several hours of good rain needs to fall.

Additionally, the fire chief said the AFD was called to another brush fire off West Road on Tuesday.

Peebles said lightning hit a tree and burned around an acre.

“It’s circled and still in a containment area,” he said. “Some stumps were burning, but we did get a good shower to help us contain it.”

Peebles said the burn ban for the city of Atmore is still in effect.