Fire season fast approaching

fire season

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Alabama is primed for the next big fire season that usually begins in March.  And the cold weather we’ve had recently isn’t helping the situation. The State Forestry Commission tells CBS42 that this latest chill has dried out much of what the recent rains and snow had saturated.

“The wind typically dries out the fuel in March.  We don’t have the green up yet that we get in April and May. When things start to green up we go out of the fire season.” -Derrick Heckman, Alabama Forestry Commission

Burning bans are generally put in place when firefighters are spread thin and the risk of more fires is high.

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