Fire Danger Advisory issued for every Alabama county

Updated: Sep. 16, 2019 at 5:56 PM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - All of Alabama’s 67 counties are now under a Fire Danger Advisory, according to the Alabama Forestry Commission.

“There hasn’t been any rain in Alabama in the most recent weeks, so the Alabama Forestry Commission felt it best to go ahead and issue a Fire Danger Advisory. Because of the low humidity and lack of rain, this leads to extreme fire danger," Matthew McCollough, with AFC, said.

The AFC says in the past 30 days its wildland firefighters have responded to 192 wildfires. Those blazes are responsible for burning of more than 2,220 acres of land statewide.

Three of the fires grew to at least 100 acres in sizes while one, located in Mobile County, grew to 500 acres.

The AFC says drought and high temperatures have combined to create “a high probability of fuel ignition and an atmosphere favorable for wildfires.”

While Alabama is not under any burn restriction at this time, residents are urged to avoid outdoor burning until conditions improve.

“I would wait until a good soaking rain. Just because we have a rain doesn’t mean things are dried out. The ground right now is so dry that any rain that we have is going to be immediately soaked up. So, we need a long soaking rain before we could see any break in the dryness," McCollough said.

According to Fire Captain Jason Cupps, with Montgomery Fire/Rescue (MFR), over the past few weeks, the department has received numerous phone calls regarding wildfires in the area.

“Nothing you know extraordinarily large or out of the ordinary, just some small grass fires on the side of the interstate, we see that pretty often,” Cupps said.

That’s why the department is taking extra precautions.

“It’s a heightened alert for us and for other departments just to be on the lookout. It’s really more for the public. So, please be mindful of this fire notice that’s been put out. Just be smart about what you do,” Cupps said.

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