Alabama Forestry Commission Issues Fire Alert for Tuscaloosa, 45 Other Counties
The Alabama Forestry Commission has now issues a fire alert for 46 of Alabama’s 67 counties. All outside burning is now banned in these counties. The decision comes as a drought continues in these areas, and the danger of wildfires continues.
According to AFC fire officials, the Fire Alert was issued because of the current drought situation, continued lack of precipitation, high probability of fuel ignition, and shortage of available firefighting manpower and resources. 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 and destroying homes.
Since Oct. 3, over 300 wildfires have broken out across Alabama, burning nearly 3700 acres. Two of those fires were in Tuscaloosa County – both are now controlled.
The following counties are included in the fire alert: Autauga, Bibb, Blount, Calhoun, Chambers, Cherokee, Chilton, Clay, Cleburne, Colbert, Coosa, Cullman, Dallas, DeKalb, Elmore, Etowah, Fayette, Franklin, Greene, Hale, Jackson, Jefferson, Lamar, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Lee, Limestone, Lowndes, Macon, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Montgomery, Morgan, Perry, Pickens, Randolph, Russell, Shelby, St. Clair, Sumter, Talladega, Tallapoosa, Tuscaloosa, Walker, and Winston.
The AFC is urging everyone to exercise all necessary safety precautions when doing any type of outdoor burning, and to call the Alabama Forestry Commission to obtain a burn permit. While under the Fire Alert, permits for outdoor burning in these counties will be restricted and issued on an individual basis.
Local authorities are requesting that all residents respect and adhere to the no burn order.
For information about current wildfire activity throughout the state, click here.