Officials issue no-burn order in Jasper
by David Lazenby
Nov 15, 2011 | 1180 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Fire scorches an area of Walker County is this undated file photo. - File Photo
Fire scorches an area of Walker County is this undated file photo. - File Photo
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Jasper's city fire marshal on Monday issued a no-burn order until further notice because current conditions -- high winds and low precipitation -- make it more likely that an accidental wildfire could occur.

Alan Clark with Jasper Fire & Rescue said several nearby communities experienced wildfires over the weekend as a result of the dry and windy environment.

Clark said about 255 acres were scorched as the result of a fire in Townley near the Saragossa community. Also, he said a wildfire occurred over the weekend near Walston-Bridge Road.

Furthermore, local firefighters and Alabama Forestry Commission officials responded to a 40-acre wildfire outside of Parrish Saturday afternoon.

"It's just real dry right now," said Clark. "We haven't had adequate rainfall."

The no-burn order is for any area within the Jasper city limits.

Clark said commercial burns will be allowed on a case-by-case basis. "It will be one of those deals where we'll have to look at it and approve it: Permit only," he said.

Clark said weather forecasts for the area indicate the no-burn order could be lifted by Thursday or Friday.