From The Trussville Tribune staff reports
MONTGOMERY — The Alabama Forestry Commission upgraded the recent Free Danger Advisor to a statewide Fire Alert effective immediately.
The upgrade means that permits for outdoor burning will be restricted and issued on an individual basis. According to an AFC news release, anyone who burns a field, grassland, or woodland without a burn permit may be subject to prosecution for committing a Class B misdemeanor.
“This burning restriction is being issued because of the current drought situation, continued lack of precipitation, and high probability of fuel ignition,” the release said. “With this extremely dry weather, conditions are such that any fire can quickly spread out of control, not only resulting in damage to our forests but also threatening lives and destroying property. Over the last week, AFC wildland firefighters have responded to 182 wildfires across Alabama, burning approximately 2,608 acres. These numbers include a 470-acre fire in Talladega County, one for 391 acres in DeKalb County, and several which were over 100 acres, but they do not reflect the numerous fires suppressed by volunteer fire departments (VFDs) across the state. The local VFDs are great partners to the AFC in times of high fire occurrence.”
The Fire Alert will remain in effect until rescinded by the State Forester, at which time conditions will have changed sufficiently to reduce the occurrence and frequency of wildfires.
According to the release, AFC woodland firefighters have responded to 182 wildfires across Alabama, burning approximately 2,608 acres.
To report a wildfire, call the Alabama Forestry Commission at (800) 392-5679.