Alabama governor signs drought emergency declaration

Source: Alabama Forestry Commision
Source: Alabama Forestry Commision

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WIAT) — The bone dry conditions in the state have resulted in Alabama governor Robert Bentley signing a drought emergency declaration for the 46 counties in north and central Alabama previously under a fire alert.

The declaration is often referred to as a “no burn order.”

“The current drought condition in our state is posing a serious threat for wildfires,” Governor Bentley said. “The continued lack of rain combined with low relative humidity and strong winds are putting several counties at a very high risk. This declaration is meant to prevent unnecessary burning, reducing the chance of avoidable fires.”

The Alabama Forestry Commision has also issued a fire alert for the remaining counties in south Alabama, effective immediately.

“We need rain desperately. Over the past couple of weeks we’ve seen an increase, not only in the number of wildfires, but also in the size of these fires. Several of them have been very large wildfires,” State Forester Gary Cole said. “With this extremely dry weather, conditions are such that any fire can quickly spread out of control, not only resulting in damage to our forests but also threatening and destroying homes. These burning restrictions are a necessary result of the ongoing lack of precipitation, the recent increased number of fires, high probability of fuel ignition, as well as the reduced availability of firefighting manpower and suppression resources across the state.”

The declaration will remain in effect until the rescinded by the State Forester. Contact local law enforcement to report someone in violation of this law.


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