Fire chief urges citizens: Don’t burn’

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, November 6, 2007


Selma firefighters called the &8220;brush truck&8221; Monday to a wooded area off Lincoln Drive, fearing a small problem would become a big one.

Workers cleaning up after a timber cutting operation at 1066 Lincoln Dr. said a piece of equipment caused a fire, but they got it under control. It flared up again, so the fire department was called.

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The area where the fire was contained was about 150 yards north of two apartment complexes and homes on LaForet and Tippet Drives.

The Alabama Forestry Commission placed Dallas and 58 other Alabama counties under a no burn order in August, meaning it is illegal in those counties to burn anything, including a camp fire.

Allen said the no burn order includes burning garbage in cans, where flames could escape and ignite the grass or dry leaves.

Other counties affected by the no burn order include: Autauga, Barbour, Bibb, Blount, Bullock, Butler, Calhoun, Chambers, Cherokee, Chilton, Clay, Cleburne, Coffee, Colbert, Coosa, Covington, Crenshaw, Cullman, Dale, DeKalb, Elmore, Etowah, Franklin, Fayette, Geneva, Greene, Hale, Henry, Houston, Jackson, Jefferson, Lamar, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Lee, Limestone, Lowndes, Macon, Madison, Marengo, Marshall, Marion, Montgomery, Morgan, Perry, Pickens, Pike, Randolph, Russell, Shelby, St. Clair, Sumter, Talladega, Tallapoosa, Tuscaloosa, Walker, Wilcox, and Winston.