DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — The statewide Fire Danger Advisory is now a Fire Alert.
This comes after an announcement from the Alabama Forestry Commission Wednesday morning.
Outdoor burning permits are now going to be even more restricted by the commission, with the State Forester issuing them on an individual basis. Those who burn any type of field or forest without a permit could face criminal charges.
“This burning restriction is being issued because of the current drought situation, continued lack of precipitation, and high probability of fuel ignition,” the commission said in a Facebook post. “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 lives and destroying property.”
In just one week, wildland firefighters have had to put a stop to 182 wildfires, which destroyed 2,608 of land in the state. This is almost as high as the number of wildfires battled in a 30-day period before the original advisory was sent out.
“These numbers include a 470-acre fire in Talladega County, one for 391 acres in DeKalb County, and several which were over 100 acres, but they do not reflect the numerous fires suppressed by volunteer fire departments (VFDs) across the state,” the commission said. “The local VFDs are great partners to the AFC in times of high fire occurrence.
When conditions are less favorable to wildfires, the State Forester will remove the alert. You can report wildfires by calling the Alabama Forestry Commission at 800-392-5679.