State firefighters help local departments combat wildfires

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — The Alabama Forestry Commission firefighters have been working for the past few months to put an end to wildfires across the state of Alabama.

State personnel have been assisting volunteer fire departments’ putting out woods and brush fires during an extended drought period. The largest was a blaze that consumed more than 800 acres of woodlands outside of Florala in southern Covington County.

To combat these fires, the state has equipment that local departments often can’t afford.

“We actually responded to more fires in the last month than what we had all year,” said Greg Piland with the Alabama Forestry Commission. “With that being said, we deployed on every one of them.”

This Saturday’s rains across southeast Alabama eased the tinderbox conditions in heavily wooded areas of the Wiregrass.

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