Mobile Fire-Rescue working multiple fires this weekend
MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) – Slow traffic on Monday afternoon, after not just one, but two bushfires along the highway.
The first fire was around noon near Theodore Dawes Road along I-10 in the westbound lanes.
A few hours later, another brush fire in the opposite direction near Dauphin Island Pkwy.
According to officials, this should continue during this time of year.
Dry weather and blustery windy conditions combined are behind the outbreak of these fires.
According to Steven Millhouse of Mobile Fire-Rescue, he says this weekend alone there have been 7-8 fires, both commercial and residential.
Despite the good weather, Millhouse says that poses other problems.
“It’s beautiful outside, the sun is up and it’s beautiful but with dry conditions in the Mobile area and in the state of Alabama alone, it makes it harder for the fires that are starting to be able to catch them and cut them,” Millhouse explained. .
Millhouse says these bushfires can take hours to die down as it becomes a back-and-forth battle with the weather.
Traffic was at a standstill along I-10 Monday in the westbound lanes as firefighters tried to clear the blaze from Ramsey Road.
Oncoming drivers saw the same thing.
Just before Dauphin Island Parkway in the eastbound lanes, smoke could be seen miles away.
“It’s dry conditions, lots of dry conditions, windy conditions. We have firefighters trying to attack it from different angles and cut it,” Millhouse said. “It’s difficult with grass fires and bushfires.”
At one point, officials attempt to confirm that someone got out of their personal vehicle to put out the flames, which they strongly do not encourage.
This week Mobile Fire-Rescue wants to send out a fire safety reminder to the public.
“This week is fire prevention week. So we share a lot of information about what you need to have in your home. So this week’s theme is “the fire won’t wait, plan your escape,” Millhouse said.
No injuries were reported in the weekend fires.
Firefighters do not encourage people to do recreational burning, and burning inside city limits is prohibited.
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