Plea to not burn

Fire chief begging people not to burn

Flomaton Fire Chief Steve Stanton is begging people not to burn; the National Weather Service is begging people not to burn; the Alabama Forestry Commission is begging people not to burn.

A combination of high winds, low humidity and the lack of rain has put the area under extreme conditions for possible wildfires.

“We are dry as a bone,” Stanton said. “Please don’t burn.”

Humidity is about 25 percent and the National Weather Service said it could drop as low as 17 percent over the next few days. Stanton said when you combine that with north winds of about 10 mph and gusts up to 25 mph it’s a combination for disaster in terms of fires.

While no burn bans are in place, Stanton said this is the worst time to burn.

“If a fire gets out, it will spread rapidly,” Stanton said. “If we have a fire get out, it could be really bad.”

Firemen from Flomaton, Lambeth and Century responded Tuesday to a controlled burn near Upper Creek Road Tuesday that quickly jumped outside the boundaries.

“We were able to get it out pretty quick,” Stanton said. “But it could have been a lot worse.”

Although Stanton said “he’s begging” people not to burn, if a fire does get out of hand he said dial 911 immediately.

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