Albertville firefighters aren’t seeing a decrease in outdoor burning related fires

ALBERTVILLE, Ala. – Albertville firefighters are responding to outdoor burning related fires substantially more now than last year, and fire officials say there isn’t a decrease despite efforts to inform the community.

“For the month of October we had 137 outdoor related fires. That is compared to 2015, we had 10,” said Brad Hix, Albertville Fire  and Rescue Chief.

Hix says his agency is working to make sure the community knows outdoor burning is not allowed while north Alabama is in a substantial drought, but despite their efforts, the number of fires isn’t improving.  “We have not seen a decrease,” Hix said. “Some people are not heeding the No Burn law, and some people are uninformed.”

Under the No Burn order, it’s illegal to set fire to any forest, grass, or woods. It’s also illegal to build a campfire or bonfire, or to burn trash, debris, or other material that may cause a forest, grass, or woods fire.

If convicted, the penalty for violating the No Burn order is a fine of up to $500 and/or up to six months in jail. “We’re trying to work closely with the community to where we don’t have to fine, but it’s coming to the point were we’re going to have to start,” Hix said.

Hix says residents need to pay attention to the situation we’re in. “I don’t see the conditions getting any better,” Hix added.