Forestry officials provide update on latest fire alert

Published 12:08 am Saturday, October 14, 2023

Special to the Advance

While forestry officials have rescinded the Fire Alert in 35 counties in the southern half of the state, the small amount of rain received in the last few days has not been enough to end drought conditions or wildfire danger in northern portions of the state. A Fire Alert remains in effect for 32 northern counties. Burn permits will be available to certified prescribed burn managers in those counties with the exception of DeKalb, Jackson, and Marshall. (See attached map for details.)

The Alabama Forestry Commission (AFC) issued the burn restriction on September 22 because of the current drought situation, continued lack of precipitation, and high probability of fuel ignition. Since October is historically the state’s driest month, drought conditions are expected to worsen.

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The Forestry Commission is encouraging the public to exercise the utmost vigilance when conducting outdoor burns of any kind. To report a wildfire, call the Alabama Forestry Commission at (800) 392-5679. For more information on the current wildfire situation in the state or any other forestry-related issues, contact your local AFC office or visit the agency website at  HYPERLINK “http://www.forestry.alabama.gov/Pages/Fire/Totals.aspx” www.forestry.alabama.gov/Pages/Fire/Totals.aspx  The Alabama Forestry Commission is the state agency committed to protecting Alabama’s invaluable forest assets as well as its citizens.

To view the map, click here: FireAlert map 10.13.23.