ALBERTVILLE, Ala. - The conditions are so dry right now it doesn't take much to start a blaze that can destroy many acres of land, and firefighters with Albertville Fire and Rescue have their hands full battling dozens of brush fires across their coverage area.
More than 50 acres are charred near the Marshall-DeKalb County line. A fire swept through Thursday as crews battled to put it out. That fire is just one of the brush fires Albertville firefighters have responded to over the last week. "Since last Friday we've responded to a total of 26 fires related to outdoor burning," Albertville Fire and Rescue Chief Brad Hix said.
Hix says that's unusual. At times, additional crews are called in to help out. "Our city leaders bought us a new brush truck two years ago that's been very helpful," Hix said.
Hix says these type of fires start unintentionally. "Normally we don't have any problems with somebody burning their trash, or burning their brush, but the conditions are so dry and favorable for burning right now it just gets away from them before they realize it," Hix explained.
Concerned residents will call in if they see smoke or someone burning in their neighborhood. Hix says that's a good practice right now. "A lot of the time, people just aren't aware that we're under a No Burn," adds Hix.
Fire officials say the best thing the community can do is be mindful of the conditions our area is in at the moment. "Dispose of your smoking materials properly. Don't throw it out on the ground," Hix says. For now, don't do any outdoor burning.