Statewide drought emergency lifted - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

Statewide drought emergency lifted

Recent rains have helped Alabama lift a no burn order that was held in place by a drought. Recent rains have helped Alabama lift a no burn order that was held in place by a drought.
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley and Linda Casey, State Forester of Alabama, have rescinded the Drought Emergency (No Burn) Order currently in place for Baldwin, Mobile, and Monroe counties.

The decision now means all 67 counties have been lifted from a no burn order and a Fire Alert. Recent rains have reduced the threat to levels that could spark a catastrophic wildfire.

The AFC is still urging anyone who wants to conduct outdoor burning to follow safety recommendations. Any fire more than a quarter-acre in size or within 25 feet of a forested area still requires a permit.

The AFC said it will not issue burn permits for 12 counties prohibited from summer burning under the "ADEM" (Alabama Department of Environmental Management) restrictions. (For details, see www.forestry.alabama.gov/FireWarningDesc.aspx.)

The Alabama Forestry Commission is the state agency charged with protecting and sustaining Alabama's forest resources.

INFORMATION SOURCE: Alabama Forestry Commission

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