Driver starts east Albany wildfire - WALB.com, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

Driver starts east Albany wildfire

The Albany Fire Department completely extinguished a grass fire Saturday evening. (Source: WALB) The Albany Fire Department completely extinguished a grass fire Saturday evening. (Source: WALB)
The blaze was caused by a lit cigarette (Source: WALB) The blaze was caused by a lit cigarette (Source: WALB)
The marshal attempted to stomp out the fire before it could spread (Source: WALB) The marshal attempted to stomp out the fire before it could spread (Source: WALB)
A nearby tree ignited after the grass caught fire (Source: WALB) A nearby tree ignited after the grass caught fire (Source: WALB)
The wildfire spread among trees in the area (Source: WALB) The wildfire spread among trees in the area (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

The Albany Fire Department completely extinguished a grass fire off the bypass on Blaylock Street Saturday evening.

First responders closed off roads around the fire while they worked to clear the smoke, but everything is back open now.

No structures were damaged in the fire.

The fire marshal said Saturday afternoon he was traveling down Highway 19 near the Blaylock exit when he noticed a driver throw a lit cigarette out of their window.

The lit cigarette started a grass fire.

Before the fire marshal could stomp out the flame, a nearby tree got caught on fire.

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