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Lack of open fires regulation raises concerns

Open fires can pose major risks in cities and neighborhoods That's why most cities have ordinances to regulate them. But some cities have no ordinance in place, or if they do, they don't enforce it. And today we've learned this is the case in the City of Daleville. WDHN's Valencia Jones shares why this has some Daleville residents concerned.
Daleville resident Kandi Kozlowski discusses her concerns about open fires in her neighborhood and calls on the city to enforce restrictions.
Daleville resident Kandi Kozlowski discusses her concerns about open fires in her neighborhood and calls on the city to enforce restrictions.
Open fires, in a lot of cases, pose both safety and health risks.

"To see them burning at anytime and anywhere, with no water hose, no water can, nothing even to put it out, and it only takes one amber…,” said Daleville resident Kandi Kozlowski.

One small ember, she says, can create a big problem.  Burnings of tree branches, leaves, two-by-fours and other items are burned out in the open.

She's taken pictures of some of these instances, witnessing 15 of them in just the last month alone.

"I did go to the ordinance officer, and he did explain to me that there is nothing that they have to cite anyone with open burning,” Kozlowski said,

The Alabama Department of Environmental Management has regulations in place for open burning, so she went to Daleville City Hall to get some answers.

"They all don't have anything to show me that anybody can burn anywhere at any time with any amount of fires,” said Kozlowski.

But she says the solution is simple.

"We actually have three garbage pickups, and one of them is designated for tree clippings and leaves.  So we, as Daleville, can have our tree clippings and branches picked up.  We pay for that, it's in our taxes."

WDHN contacted the mayor's office, and we were told there's been no discussion on the issue since the last meeting.  So the city wasn't willing to comment on it at this time.
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