TALLADEGA COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — Governor Robert Bentley has issued a burn ban for 46 counties including Talladega. It comes before a big race at Talladega Superspeedway. Officials there say no fires are allowed leading up to the Alabama 500.
Thousands of race fans in October flock to the racetrack for the Alabama 500. They also like to relax outside the track enjoying camp fires. Firewood vendors can make some big bucks selling that firewood.
“We will sell $3,00 to $6,000 worth of wood,” said vendor Randy Holder.
Holder says been selling wood at the Talladega for three years. This year he says with no fires allowed, it’s going to hurt the vendors.
“If it’s strictly enforced there will be a lot of people that’s used to making their money at the track that’s not going to be this year,” said Holder.
Some race fans are also frustrated. Kalyon Toney likes to sit out by the campfire, and won’t be able to do that this year.
“It kind of sucks because it gets cold at night,” said Toney.
Fans will be allowed to grill but the grills must be three feet off the ground.
Grant Lynch chairman of Talladega Superspeedway says it’s all about safety with no fires allowed. Law enforcement will be on grounds.
“We have fire and safety crews as well we have campground monitors that are here and we will be looking for people that don’t understand rules and regulations are we are trying to make it clear to them as possible no fires allowed on Talladega Superspeedway on race week and week coming up to race week,” said Lynch.
The Alabama 500 is October 23, 2016.