We’d like to take a moment and remind the citizens of Bibb County and the 45 other counties listed on the Alabama Forestry Commission website that we’re currently under a no burn order (also known as a Drought Emergency Declaration) from Governor Robert Bentley due to the ongoing drought in the Southeast US. This means that outdoor burning activities including campfires and burning trash are prohibited by law and subject to fines or jail time per Section 9-13-142 of the Code of Alabama.

robert_bentley“The current drought condition in our state is posing a serious threat for wildfires,” Governor Bentley said. “The continued lack of rain combined with low relative humidity and strong winds put us at a very high risk. This declaration is meant to prevent unnecessary burning, reducing the chance of avoidable fires.” – Governor Robert Bentley

The Bibb Voice asks all of our readers to please heed this order and refrain from burning. Also please remind your friends and neighbors that this no burn order is in place. By doing this we can cut down on the number of wildfires that are putting our communities in danger and keeping our emergency response personnel working around the clock.

CORRECTION: We originally reported that the entire State of Alabama was under a No Burn Order. This was incorrect. Only 46 counties are under a No Burn Order, the remaining 21 counties are place under a Fire Alert. Read more here: http://www.forestry.alabama.gov/BurnRestrictions.aspx?bv=1&s=2