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Fire season getting off to a busy start in NE Alabama

Brush fires are increasing due to drought conditions developing in north Alabama (Source: WAFF) Brush fires are increasing due to drought conditions developing in north Alabama (Source: WAFF)
NORTH ALABAMA (WAFF) -

With drought conditions developing, Forestry officials say fires are on the rise in north Alabama.

Forestry officials said there have been 13 in north Alabama that burned approximately 38 acres including nine just from DeKalb County and two in Marshall County.

North Regional Forester Terry Ezzell said that's more than it has been in the last couple years.

With the fire season just getting started some fire officials believe it could be a busy season.

Shortly after noon Thursday, the Douglas Volunteer Fire Department got a call of a brush fire on Bohannan Road, near a place just down the road from a brush fire earlier this week.

The Asbury Volunteer Fire Department was called out to a brush fire near Armstrong Drive later that day.

Fire officials said last year wasn't much of a fire season because it was wetter. But this year is starting out different and the season won't end until the first of the year.

Fire officials said the vast majority of fires are caused by controlled burns that just get out of control.

“Everything is turning dry which, right now it's been dry because of the drought. You always have the winds. People want to go out, clean up their yard, burn leaves, brush piles that they've piled up during the spring that's dried out, but the wind right now is what's killing us,” said Asbury Volunteer
Fire Chief Bryan Baker.

Baker said it's always a good idea to notify your local fire department before you burn to find out if it's safe and to inform them of what you're doing.

Ezzell said there were 43 fires in the state, 280 acres, reported Thursday.

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