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Dry conditions taking toll on AL volunteer fire departments

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A burn ban remains in effect for 46 Alabama counties to keep fires from spreading because of dry and windy weather conditions. Madison County is included in the fire danger warning.

The drought conditions are keeping volunteer firefighters busy in Madison County.

"Within Madison County, there has been several outdoor brush fires that's happened within the last couple of weeks,” said Heath Jones, president of the Toney Volunteer Fire Department.

Jones is one of the many firefighters working whenever he's needed. He said the drought across the state is fueling fires, especially in rural areas.

"I would say the rural areas of Madison County are susceptible for more grass fires and brush fires due to the rural parts and more wooded areas."

That's why Madison County and 45 other counties are under a burn ban by the state's forestry commission.

Jones said even a cigarette can cause a fire.

"We do ask that residents and motorists be responsible with their tobacco products and try to keep from just throwing them out on the roadway,” he said.

Jones knows firsthand the consequences of a fire burning out of control.

"Life safety is our number one priority, but property comes directly behind that,” said Jones. “And we want to preserve our community's property and their lives as much as we can."

Firefighters like him are asking for your help to prevent fires from happening.

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