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With extreme dry conditions and brush fires so prevalent, if you see something, say something

Remnants of a brush fire near Albertville

GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. —  Local firefighters respond to calls about potential outdoor fires each day. There are so many across the region, the smoke from fires in other States and counties drifted into the Tennessee Valley.

To prevent something small from turning detrimental, if you see someone burning outdoors, you need to take action.

It may be common sense, but a good reminder: fire officials say if you encounter an outdoor fire, get on the phone.  “They should always call 911 and they can dispatch the right authorities out,” Guntersville Fire Marshal Buddy Pettry says.

Pettry says 911 needs to be your first choice, not your local agency. “They should always call 911. Don’t ever call the fire department directly because you never know when we’re going to be here at the station. We might be out on another call,” Pettry explains.

Smoke in the air seems to be the reality these days, but Pettry says regardless, if you think something isn’t right, call 911. “It’s always better for us out come out and investigate what’s going on,” he explains.

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.