Friday, October 29, 2010 | 11:10 AM
Although rainfall amounts the past few days ranged from .01” to 4” inches across Alabama, it was not enough to warrant the Alabama Forestry Commission lifting the existing Fire Alert. According to State Forester Linda Casey, rainfall amounts should hold the fire situation down for approximately 24 to 36 hours unless additional rain is received. This reprieve allows firefighters much needed rest as well as an opportunity to perform equipment repairs and maintenance.
The drought situation that has plagued the entire state over the past few months prompted the Alabama Forestry Commission to place all 67 counties under a Fire Alert on September 23, 2010. In the last 30 days the state has battled 787 wildfires that have burned approximately 8,049 acres. In this calendar year 2,695 fires have burned around 32,437 acres. Debris burning and illegal residential trash burning continue to be the leading causes of wildfires. The Commission strongly recommends that citizens postpone all outdoor burning until conditions have changed sufficiently to reduce the frequency and severity of wildfires.
The Fire Alert will remain in effect until rescinded by the State Forester. For more information on the current wildfire situation, visit the Alabama Forestry Commission’s website at www.forestry.alabama.gov/fire_totals.aspx.