And don’t be surprised if you see more smoke today, as another controlled burn is scheduled for Walker County.
Firefighters were called about 5 p.m. Friday to a grass fire about halfway between Rome and Cave Spring, said Rome Fire Department Capt. Harry Ayer.
“It was spreading quickly, and we had two structures that could have been in danger,” Ayer added.
State forestry rangers built a fire ring around the three- to five-acre blaze off U.S. 411.
The fire was under control and only hot spots remained by 6 p.m., Ayer said. No one was hurt and the buildings weren’t damaged.
Rangers told Ayer that a controlled burn in Chattooga County about the same time led smoke to drift south to Rome. The U.S. 411 fire also sent smoke to the Rome area, the captain said.
“It looks like some of this smoke, because of the prevailing wind, went to Rome,” Ayer said. “That’s where you’re getting that haze.”