Burn ban in effect at select Alabama state parks

Published 1:58 pm Friday, October 6, 2023

Special to the Advance

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) has announced a burn ban for all Alabama State Parks in South Central Alabama Saturday, October 7, from 11 a.m. through 7 p.m. Visitors and overnight guests will not be allowed to use open flame of any kind during the ban.

“We take the burn ban seriously and encourage our guests to do so as well,” said Greg Leins, Director of ADCNR’s State Parks Division. “We need everyone in the affected parks and surrounding areas to be aware of the ban and be cautious during this time.”

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The National Weather Services has issued a Red Flag Warning for the area due to the increased chance of high winds, relatively low humidity and extended dry conditions. 

Alabama State Parks that the burn ban will affect:

  • Bladon Springs State Park
  • Blue Springs State Park
  • Cheaha State Park
  • Chewacla State Park
  • Chickasaw State Park
  • Frank Jackson State Park
  • Gulf State Park
  • Lakepoint State Park
  • Meaher State Park
  • Paul Grist State Park
  • Roland Cooper State Park
  • Wind Creek State Park

Guests can resume fires and open flame after 7 p.m. on Saturday, but should continue to exercise caution as previously advised. State parks will continue to monitor conditions with other authorities until significant rains have reduced hazardous conditions.

If you have questions about the fire precautions, please contact the main offices of the individual Alabama State Parks. Contact information is available at www.alapark.com.

Park visitors are also encouraged to monitor each state park’s social media accounts for updates on fire precautions and restrictions. A social media directory for Alabama State Parks is available at www.alapark.com/social-media-directory.

ADCNR promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through four divisions: Marine Resources, State Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. Learn more at www.outdooralabama.com.