Marshall Co. volunteer fire department sees record number of brush fires

Marshall Co. volunteer fire department sees record number of brush fires

MARSHALL COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - The record number of wildfires are taking their toll on area volunteer fire departments. Departments all around are being called to more and more brush fires, but over the weekend, the Asbury Voluntary Fire Department responded to a record eight in less than a six-hour period.

Fire officials say they're continuing to have to tell the public not to burn despite a no-burn ban already in place.

The fires are also a challenge for firefighters, as they have to consistently shuttle water to get to the fires.

Asbury Fire Chief Bryan Baker said getting the help they need is the most difficult for a volunteer department when you have days with multiple fires.

"Help. It's a real struggle. The city has people on call at the station. Our guys, they have jobs. They're doing farm chores, other stuff of that nature, so getting the help that you need in fighting a fire is our biggest struggle," said Baker.

Scottsboro officials say they are now moving toward enforcement of the burn ban.

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