“Stop burning stuff”: parent issues warning after fire creeps toward backyard


CHELSEA, Ala. (WIAT) — Forestry officials banned outside burning across most of Alabama on Monday because of fast-spreading wildfires, and forecasters said there isn’t enough rain in the forecast to lessen the threat anytime soon.

A Sunday afternoon wildfire in Shelby County had some residents concerned. This part of Central Alabama has not had significant rainfall in three weeks.

The fire was eventually controlled, but some people that lived in its path, like Laura Dempsey, said the fire got a little too close for comfort.

Dempsey spent Monday morning playing with her two children, but she says Sunday afternoon she was worried about their safety.

“I’ve got two kids, I’ve got a 2 year old and a 14 month old, we haven’t lived in this house long and we have things in here,” Dempsey said. “As a mom, you start thinking, ‘Do I need to start packing?’ And I know it wasn’t a huge fire or anything, but you don’t know that. All you see is a fire in your backyard.”

Dempsey told CBS42 News that she could see flames in the woods from her backyard on Sunday night.

Dempsey has a warning for people to keep this from happening again.

“Stop burning stuff, hold off on burning things because there are homes, and kids and lives,” Dempsey said. “Thankfully, this was only a few acres, but I can’t imagine some people have to leave their homes because someone started a backyard fire.”

Fire officials say at least five acres of land was burned along County Road 49 Sunday.

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