With the annual Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) burn ban on open
burning in Baldwin County expiring tonight (10/31), Foley Fire Chief Joey Darby has issued a local
burn ban on open burning of debris in accordance with Foley Code of Ordinances, Article 1,
Section 4-1, (1), (e), Section 307.1.1.3.
This ban on open burning is due to our severe drought
conditions and expected dry weather with low humidity over the next several days.
The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for our entire area for tomorrow (11/1), and we
should expect to see Fire Weather Watches and/or Red Flag Warnings continued to be issued by
NWS until we receive significant rainfall.
No burn permits will be issued by the Foley Fire Department during this time in the city limits of Foley, and those outside of the city limits are
strongly discouraged from attempting to burn in these dangerous conditions. While cooking and
recreational fires do not require a permit, extreme caution should be used with any open flame in
outdoor settings, and adequate means of extinguishment should be available at all times.
Recreational fires that are not contained in a device manufactured for such burning should not be
attempted. If adequate rainfall is received and conditions improve, this burn ban will be
rescinded. Any questions can be directed to our offices at 251-943-1266.
While the state burn ban issued by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management is based on air quality, the current Foley restrictions are due to the current weather conditions that make outdoor burning unsafe.