“The heat we’ve experienced over the last week or so, combined with the lack of rain, is the reason we’ve issued the burn ban,” said Captain Alan Clark, member of the Jasper Fire Department and the city’s fire marshal. “Mayor Sonny Posey and I have discussed the situation, and we’ll keep the ban in place until we have an adequate amount of rainfall.”
Clark said the safety of the city’s firefighters was also a reason for the burn ban.
“It’s dangerous out there in this kind of heat,” he said. “It’s so hot that you can’t be out in it too long.”
Concerns are heightened this week due to upcoming July 4th celebrations, Clark said. Even people grilling out should be careful, he added.
“We encourage anyone that is grilling to be sure their coals are exstinguished,” Clark said. “Everything is so dry, and any kind of fire can get out of control quickly. It’s really a common sense thing.”
It is not legal to shoot fireworks within Jasper, Clark reminded area residents.
“Fireworks should not be shot in Jasper,” he said. “We encourage everyone to go to a show somewhere.”
Clark said Jasper Fire has seen its call volume increase over the last week due to heat-related incidents.
“We’ve had a lot of medical calls because of the heat,” he said. “We’ve seen the medians catch on fire from cigarettes being tossed out a window. We even had one business that had its plastic cigarette butt container catch on fire.”
For more information about the “no-burn” order, contact the Jasper Fire Department at 205-221-8509.