"No Burn Ban" stays despite some rain

Though many areas of Alabama have seen some rain showers in the last week, the Alabama Forestry Commission said Monday that it wasn't enough to lift a "No Burn Order". The order remains in full effect statewide.

The Commission has assessed the 10-day forecast, which shows high temperatures that remain above normal combined with below-average rainfall.

The lack of rain in the future forecast suggests that the drought will continue to exceed with the drying of vegetation and debris. The Commission states that the "No Burn Order" is especially important for the areas that were damaged by the April tornados.

All 67 counties in Alabama are under the Drought Emergency, and must oblige to the "No Burn Order" that was put in effect at the beginning of June. Under the "No Burn Order" all outdoor burning by any person is illegal. This includes building campfires or building bonfires to burn trash or any other material.

The penalty for violating the No Burn Order remains a fine of up to $500 and/or up to six months in jail.

INFORMATION SOURCE: Alabama Forestry Commission

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