Alabama Forestry Commission issues statewide fire alert

The Alabama Forestry Commission has issued a statewide fire alert.
Published: Sep. 22, 2023 at 4:21 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 25, 2023 at 7:11 PM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - The Alabama Forestry Commission has issued a statewide fire alert, effective immediately.

This means permits for outdoor burning will be restricted. Anyone who burns a field, grassland, or woodland without a burn permit could face a Class B misdemeanor.

The alert will remain until the state forester rescinds it.

The commission says the burning restriction is due to the current drought and lack of precipitation, which could lead to a high probability of fuel ignition. Officials warn that the current dry weather can cause fires to spread out of control.

According to the commission, 100 wildfires burned about 1,000 acres statewide in the last two weeks.

To report a wildfire, call the Alabama Forestry Commission at 800-392-5679.

More information on Alabama’s current wildfire situation can be found here.

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