DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — Two men have been arrested for setting two of the 156 fires in DeKalb County that have burned since a burn ban was issued by the governor on Oct. 12.
The two men are facing charges for two separate fires.
The first was on Oct. 24. The sheriff’s office was called out to a fire at a hay barn on Lookout Mountain on County Road 107. Someone had rammed the gate to the barn and set a fire that consumed 100 bales of hay, a $50,000 hay baler and two lawn mowers. 33-year-old Rodd Thomas Stone of Cedar Bluff was arrested and charged with arson in the 2nd and criminal mischief in the second.
Another DeKalb County man was arrested after a fire at a home on County Road 379 led to 25 to 30 acres burning on Monday. The sheriff’s office was called about the fire, and the Aroney Volunteer Fire Department went out and asked 69-year-old Jerry Nabors of Boaz to put the fire out. He reportedly refused and ran them off. Later, the Alabama Forestry Commision went to the home to ask him about the fire that he left unattended. Deputies also responded and say they found Nabors sitting on his porch with a firearm, which he refused to put away. He was arrested for disorderly conduct, then later rearrested after an investigation the next day on charges of willful set of wildland fire.
“We are still under the fire ban and the drought emergency in our County, so please take the advice of the Alabama Forestry Commission and don’t start any fires, even if they are small they can still easily spread,” said sheriff Jimmy Harris. “Thank you to all of the Volunteer Fire and Fire Department for everything that they do to help keep these fires under control.”
The Aroney Volunteer Fire, Kilpatric Volunteer Fire, Sardis Fire, Boaz Fire, Crossville Volunteer Fire, Alder Springs Volunteer Fire Departments, and the AFC all worked to get the fire under control.