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No burn order downgraded in north Alabama

The No Burn order for counties in North Alabama has been downgraded to a Fire Alert, while counties in South Alabama are in the clear to resume normal burning practices.

Officials with the Alabama Forestry Commission say rain the state has received over the past few days has been enough to reduce the threat of catastrophic wildfire. Rain, combined with lower temperatures, has provided enough moisture in ground fuels to justify lifting the No Burn order. Counties downgraded from a No Burn to a Fire Alert include: Bibb, Blount, Calhoun, Chambers, Cherokee, Clay, Cleburne, Colbert, Coosa, Cullman, DeKalb, Etowah, Franklin, Fayette, Jackson, Jefferson, Lamar, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marshall, Marion, Morgan, Pickens, Randolph, Shelby, St. Clair, Talladega, Tallapoosa, Tuscaloosa, Walker, and Winston. Under a Fire Alert the Alabama Forestry Commission will restrict issuing permits for outdoor burning.

In the North Alabama counties which are under a fire alert, trash and debris may be burned with caution, as may other small fires.  The Forestry Commission will place stricter requirements on fires which require a permit from the Commission.  Any fire of more than a quarter-acre requires a permit from the Forestry Commission.

In South Alabama the Fire Alert has been lifted and counties are in the clear to resume normal burning practices.  Seven South Alabama counties which had been included in the No Burn order have been removed from both No Burn and Fire Alert status.  They include:  Chilton, Choctaw, Greene, Hale, Marengo, Perry, and Sumter.

The Commission reminds everyone that the state is still experiencing abnormally dry conditions and to use all necessary safety precautions when doing any type of burning.

The Commission will continue to monitor ground moisture levels throughout the state.  If ground fuels become exceptionally dry again, it may become necessary to re-issue a No Burn order in affected areas.

For more information contact any Alabama Forestry Commission county office or visit the Commission web page at www.forestry.alabama.gov.

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