Jackson County bans burning permits until further notice

SCOTTSBORO, Ala. -  Last Wednesday, Alabama State Forestry released a fire danger warning for the North Alabama Region.  With Jackson County being included in that area, the Scottsboro Fire Department put a ban on burn permits.

"Most of our burn permits are for routine yard maintenance, yard debris and that kind of stuff. But we do have some where if people have trees cut or clearing land or anything like that, it's really hard to distinguish between those two," says fire Chief Gene Necklaus.  "When it gets to this point, we just suspend all of them."

Forestry, along with Chief Necklaus say the main reason for this ban is due to the recent weather conditions.
"The weather's been really dry and that coupled with the low humidity that we've been having. Then over the weekend I think we all saw the high winds, so those things put together were a bad environment for fires," says Chief Necklaus.

Although the Scottsboro burn bans do not affect outdoor cooking, grilling, and fire pits; It's still important that residents remain careful when using these.

"Those at the same time need real caution when using. With hot coals and ashes and that sort of stuff too, they can just as well start a fire just like burning brush."

Those who do not follow the rules of the ban can face penalties and possible fines.