TALLADEGA, Ala. (WIAT) — The Talladega Superspeedway Wednesday implemented a burn ban through Oct. 24. The burn ban applies to all of the race fans, but the ones that will notice it most will be the campers.
The ban says all campfires, pit fires, bonfires, fireworks, flying lanterns, etc. of any kind are allowed on the property. Speedway chairman Grant Lynch said this is the first time in his 23 years at the track that they’ve even had to consider a burn ban. They’ve been watching the weather, they’ve been concerned about the drought and they decided on the burn ban because they really just want everyone to have a good time in a safe environment.
“Many of them are used to bringing a lot of firewood with them so we’re asking them for this year to leave the firewood at home. Give up one time and let’s all be safe together. Let’s come and have a great weekend and just miss one thing. I don’t think that’s asking race fans too much,” said Lynch.
Lynch said that if something does happen, the speedway is like a small City during race weekend and they have law enforcement, fire, and emergency crews on hand that can handle the situation.
Talladega is currently one of 46 Alabama counties under a fire alert that has been issued due to conditions favorable for wildfires amid a continuing drought.
The Superspeedway is also asking everyone to use caution when disposing cigarettes, cigars etc.