Statewide Fire Alert remains even after weekend rain

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Rains are helping ease the threat of wildfires and drought across Alabama, but the Alabama Forestry Commission will keep in place a recently enacted Fire Alert for the entire state.

Most of the state received at least a little rain Sunday and Monday, with rainfall totals of a half-inch or more common in southwest, northeast and northwest Alabama. The National Weather Services says parts of Washington and Clarke counties had more than 2 inches of rain, and other areas got heavy rain on Saturday.

That's a big help since the entire state has been abnormally dry for weeks, leading to an increased chance of fires. East-central Alabama remains in an extreme drought.

The weather service says rain chances decrease through the week, but temperatures should remain cooler. Highs are predicted in the 70s and 80s, with lows mostly in the 50s.

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