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No burn order lifted thanks to recent rain

The "No Burn" order for 59 Alabama counties has been downgraded to a Fire Alert.

The Alabama Forestry Commission, in a statement today, said enough rain has fallen across the state in recent days to reduce the threat of wildfires.

But Linda Casey, the State Forester, said all 67 counties will remain under Fire Alert status for the time being.

A fire alert allows the commission to restrict issuing permits for outdoor burning that involves more than a quarter-acre.

Meanwhile, the lifting of the "No Burn" order is separate from the open burn restriction put in place by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management for 12 counties. Those counties are: Baldwin, DeKalb, Etowah, Jefferson, Lawrence, Madison, Mobile, Montgomery, Morgan, Russell, Shelby and Talladega.

The burn restriction runs from May 1st through October 31 and is designed to improve air quality in the affected counties during the summer months.

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