February 17, 2011

State of Alabama
Press Release: Forestry Commission, Alabama

An Urgent Fire Safety Message from the Alabama Forestry Commission

     As we approach the spring fire season, State Forester Linda Casey is urging everyone to use caution when burning outdoors. Conditions are such that any fire can quickly spread out of control, threatening lives and property, as well as resulting in damage to Alabama’s forests.

     At this time, the Alabama Forestry Commission (AFC) has not issued any orders restricting burning in the state. However, 2010 budget reductions have resulted in an AFC personnel loss of 21%, decreasing the number of wildland firefighters available to respond to wildfires across the state. “With the reduction in AFC firefighting staff and current weather conditions, we urge everyone to use extreme caution with all debris burning and outdoor fires, including campfires,” said Casey.

     In the last seven days, there have been 167 wildfires burning over 2,315 acres across the state. 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 one quarter 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 safely control your fire. Once started, stay with the fire until it is completely out. To obtain a burn permit, call 1-800-242-2504.

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