Parts of Alabama, like much of the Tennessee Valley, are under varying bans on outdoor burning. The Alabama Forestry Commission has responded to 156 fires in DeKalb County, AL alone since November 1.
The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office has arrested two men in connection to two of these fires.
A fire reported October 24 at a hay barn on County Road 107 on Lookout Mountain burned 100 bales of hay, a $50,000 hay baler and two lawn mowers.
Deputies arrested Todd Thomas Stone, 33 of Cedar Bluff, Al and charged him with second-degree arson and criminal mischief.
On October 31st, deputies responded to a fire call at a home on County Road 379 in the Aroney community.
A firefighter asked Jerry Nabors to put out the fire, but he refused. Deputies went to the home and found Nabors sitting on the porch with a firearm. He was ordered to put the firearm away but refused.
He was then arrested for disorderly conduct and the case was turned over to the Fire Marshal Ray Cumby.
Nabors was re-arrested on November 1st and charged with willful setting of a wildland fire. The fire burned 25 to 30 acres of land, and was extinguished by joint efforts of the Aroney Volunteer Fire, Kilpatric Volunteer Fire, Sardis Fire, Boaz Fire, Crossville Volunteer Fire and Alder Springs Volunteer Fire Departments.