All but three counties downgraded to Fire Alert

The Alabama Forestry Commission has downgraded all counties in Alabama except three from Drought Emergency to Fire Alert. The three counties remaining in a No-Burn state are Baldwin, Mobile, and Monroe.

The AFC says recent rains and higher humidities have reduced the threat of a catastrophic wildfire, because ground moisture levels have increased.

The Forestry Commission still urges anyone burning to follow safety reccomendations. These reccomendations include not leaving a fire unattended until it is out, having the necessary equipment and personnel to control the fire, and having a garden hose or other water supply on hand for smaller debris burns.

The Fire Alert will remain in effect until further notice by the State Forester. In order to lift the alert, the conditions must have changed sufficiently to reduce the occurence and frequency of wildfires.

The AFC will continue to monitor ground moisture levels throughout the state. If ground fuels become exceptionally dry again, the AFC says it may be necessary to re-issue a No Burn order in affected areas.

INFORMATION SOURCE: Alabama Forestry Commission