September 20, 2010

State of Alabama
Press Release: Forestry Commission, Alabama

An Urgent Fire Safety Message from the Alabama Forestry Commission

     With the continuing dry weather across the state, most Alabama counties are experiencing an increase in wildfire occurrence. Conditions are such that any fire can quickly spread out of control, not only resulting in damage to Alabama’s forests but also threatening and destroying rural homes. This warning comes, according to officials with the Alabama Forestry Commission (AFC), in light of the newest U.S. Drought Monitor report (www.drought.unl.edu/dm/DM_state.htm?AL,SE).

     “At this time, the Alabama Forestry Commission has not issued any restricted burning orders for the state. However, we urge everyone to use extreme caution with all debris burning and outdoor fire, including campfires,” said State Forester Linda Casey. “The little amount of rain we’ve received this summer and existing dry conditions could potentially contribute to extremely hazardous wildfire behavior.”

     In the last seven days, there have been 167 wildfires burning over 2277Alabama acres. For more information on the current wildfire situation, visit the AFC website at www.forestry.alabama.gov/fire_totals.aspx

     It is an Alabama state law to obtain a burn permit before you burn any woodland, grassland, field, or wood debris greater than ¼ acre or within 25 feet of flammable material.  Be sure to clear down to mineral soil around the area to be burned. Have enough tools, equipment, and manpower to effectively control your fire. Once started, stay with the fire until it is completely out. To obtain a burn permit, call 1-800-242-2504.

###

For more information, contact:

Balsie Butler at (334) 240-9329

balsie.butler@forestry.alabama.gov

or

Dan Jackson at (334) 240-9335

dan.jackson@forestry.alabama.gov

 



  • For more information, visit http://forestry.alabama.gov
  • For more state-wide press releases, click here