Wartrace Board of Mayor and Aldermen has issued a ban on fireworks due to the dry conditions, according to a statement released Monday by town hall:
"The Wartrace Board of Mayor and Aldermen have decided to ban the shooting of fireworks within the city limits of Wartrace over the Fourth of July holiday and weekend," reads the statement. "This is due to the extremely high risk of fire."
Bell Buckle Fire Chief Ronnie Lokey has issued a burn ban for the town, making the open burning of debris inside city limits illegal until further notice. The town plans to go on with its July 4 fireworks celebration on Wednesday at 9 p.m. in the park, and is urging folks to leave the lighting of fireworks to the professionals.
The town has enlisted members of county fire departments to oversee the show, which will include high-altitude fireworks. These fireworks, when ignited by professionals, are less likely to start brush fires than items such as sparklers, bottle rockets and roman candles when lit in low-wind conditions.
Normandy does not have a formal burn ban, but Normandy Mayor Larry Nee said townspeople are cooperating by not burning in these conditions.
Shelbyville, Bedford County
Shelbyville and Bedford County haven't taken any formal action to ban burning or fireworks, although the state forestry division does have a burn advisory in effect and officials have strongly urged that burning be avoided.
Shelbyville Fire Chief Ricky McConnell advised last week that those who plan to shoot fireworks at home have a garden hose close at hand; don't shoot fireworks directly at dry grass, and make sure that duds are left alone.
The weather forecast calls for a 20 or 30 percent chance of precipitation each day through Monday.