State forester Linda Casey said the recent precipitation should only hold the fire situation down for a day or so unless there is additional rain. The reprieve will allow firefighters much-needed rest, as well as an opportunity to perform equipment repairs and maintenance.
Alabama Forestry Commission officials said since Monday, Alabama Forestry firefighters, with the assistance of volunteer fire departments, battled 202 wildfires consuming more than 9,366 acres across the state. Of these fires, 25 exceeded 100 acres in size including a 2,900-acre fire in Cherokee County. During this period, firefighters saved 143 structures and 45 vehicles, while three structures and two vehicles were destroyed. In the last 30 days, 614 wildfires have occurred in Alabama burning approximately 17,820 acres of land.
Although no burning restrictions have been issued at this time, Casey urges everyone to use extreme caution with all outdoor burning.
Alabama state law requires individuals to obtain a burn permit before burning any woodland, grassland, field or wood debris greater than one-quarter acre or within 25 feet of flammable material.
Individuals should clear down to mineral soil around the area to be burned, have enough tools, equipment and manpower to safely control the fire and, once started, stay with the fire until it is completely out
For more information visit the Alabama Forestry Commission website at www.forestry.alabama.gov/fire_totals.aspx.
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