CITRONELLE, Ala. (WALA) - UPDATE 10:30 p.m.: AFC firefighters have now confirmed that the wildfire is burning near a residential area, with homes and T-ball fields in the immediate vicinity. Although this is a concern, the homes are not in imminent danger. Firefighters continue to battle the blaze, and conditions are favorable for containment of the fire
Alabama Forestry Commission officials said several AFC firefighters are currently battling an estimated 500-acre wildfire in Mobile County.
The wildfire, located on Prine Road in Citronelle, was reported late Thursday afternoon.
"At this time, it's actually on both public and private property. It is estimated at 5 to 600 acres at this time," said Ricky Fields with the Alabama Forestry Commission.
They are keeping an eye out for the people and homes in the area, although no evacuations have been ordered.
"It's actually country out here, but there are still numerous homes in that area. (Evacuations have not been ordered) at this point. That's something we'll have to take...if conditions change, that's definitely an option that we're going to have to consider," Fields said.
Officials said they will continue to work to contain the fire through the night.
Citronelle VFD is also on the scene.
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Skies are mostly clear and the breezy north wind is very noticeable this evening. Daytime highs were only in the mid 50’s today. We are expecting a light freeze tonight along and north of I-10. Lows will be near 32 degrees in Mobile. Upper 20’s are possible well inland.