October 21, 2010

State of Alabama
Press Release: Forestry Commission, Alabama

U.S. Forest Service Expands Fire Use Restrictions to Alabama’s National Forests

Montgomery, AL (October 20, 2010) ---- The continuing lack of rainfall has prompted the U.S. Forest Service to expand fire use restrictions to include the Bankhead, Conecuh, Talladega and Tuskegee National Forests.  Conditions in many areas are described as potentially explosive for wildfires.  U.S. Forest Service supervisor Miera C. Nagy signed an order that prohibits the use of fire in any location of a national forest without developed recreation sites.  The public is restricted from using fire or building campfires outside of designated campsites, developed campgrounds and in any location of a national forest without developed recreation sites.  If you make a campfire in a developed site, be smart. Stay with your fire, have water and tools to smother the fire, keep a phone nearby in case of an emergency, and don't leave your fire until it is cold to the touch.  The forest supervisor’s order also prohibits using fireworks or other pyrotechnic devices in national forests.  Remember, only you can prevent wildfires.

Remember to report wildfires or any suspicious fire activity immediately. Safety is our number one concern for all forest visitors. 

To protect the public and natural resources from the threat of wildfires, the following public restrictions are effective October 19, 2010 and will remain in effect until December 31, 2010:

Bankhead, Conecuh, Talladega, and Tuskegee National Forests

1. Building, maintaining, attending, using a fire or campfire (wood or charcoal), or stove
    fire is prohibited. 
   36 CFR 261.52(a)

      Exemptions to this prohibition are fires that are built at a developed recreation  
      area within the designated fire rings.  Additionally, the use of gas or liquid fuel
      type stoves or backpacking stoves will be allowed.

2. Violating any state law concerning burning or fires which are implemented for the
    purpose of preventing or restricting the spread of fires.  36 CFR 261.52(k)

3. Possessing, discharging or using any kind of firework or other pyrotechnic device is
    36 CFR 261.52(f)

Persons who are exempt from the order include:

1. Persons with a permit specifically authorizing the otherwise prohibited act or
    omission.   Pursuant to 36 CFR 261.50(e),

2 Any Federal, State, or local officer, or member of an organized rescue or fire fighting
   force, in the performance of an official duty. Pursuant to 36 CFR 261.50(e)

Anyone found violating any of these prohibitions might face a fine of not more than $5,000 for an individual or $10,000 for an organization or imprisonment for not more than six months or both.

For information concerning any public restrictions and closure orders, please contact a U.S. Forest Service district office before visiting: Bankhead District (205) 489-5111, Conecuh District (334) 222-2555, Shoal Creek District (256) 463-2272; Talladega District (256) 362-2909; Oakmulgee District (205) 926-9765; and the Tuskegee District (334) 727-2652.

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