Alabama Forestry Commission Lifts ‘No Burn’ Order in 33 Counties

Southern half of the state sees respite from wildfire threat, while northern counties remain under restrictions

The Alabama Forestry Commission (AFC) has announced the lifting of the ‘No Burn’ order in 33 counties in the southern half of the state, effective Friday, November 17 at 5 p.m. While this development brings some relief to these areas, the 34 counties in the northern half of Alabama will continue to be under the ‘No Burn’ order issued by Governor Ivey on November 9. The recent rainfall has provided temporary respite, but the situation will be re-evaluated as more rain is predicted for early next week.

Temporary Relief for Southern Counties

In the southern half of Alabama, including counties such as Sumter, Greene, Hale, Perry, Dallas, Autauga, Elmore, Macon, and Lee, the ‘No Burn’ order will be lifted, and burn permits will be issued exclusively to certified prescribed burn managers. This decision by the AFC comes after a period of sustained rainfall, which has helped mitigate the wildfire threat in these areas. State Forester Rick Oates expressed cautious optimism, stating that the recent precipitation should provide temporary relief and that the AFC is hopeful for more rain in the coming days.

Persistent Threat in Northern Counties

While the southern counties experience a reprieve, the situation remains critical in the northern half of Alabama. The ‘No Burn’ order issued by Governor Ivey continues to be in effect, as these counties have not received sufficient rainfall to alleviate the wildfire threat. The AFC is closely monitoring the situation and will reassess it as predicted rain is expected to arrive early next week. Until then, residents and landowners in the northern counties are urged to exercise extreme caution and adhere to the restrictions in place.

Impact of Recent Wildfires

Since October 1, Alabama has witnessed a significant number of wildfires, with 727 reported incidents and over 7,770 acres of land consumed by the flames. The ‘No Burn’ order, which has been in effect for the past nine days, has helped mitigate the severity of the situation, with only 53 wildfires reported and approximately 200 acres affected during this period. The AFC’s swift response and the cooperation of the public have played a crucial role in minimizing the damage caused by these wildfires.

Staying Informed and Prepared

To stay updated on the current wildfire situation in Alabama, residents are encouraged to visit the Alabama Forestry Commission’s website at www.forestry.alabama.gov. The website provides valuable information on fire safety, burn permits, and the latest developments regarding the wildfire threat in the state. Additionally, residents can sign up for news alerts through the Apple App Store, Google Play Store, or subscribe to the AFC’s email newsletter to receive timely updates and important notifications.

Conclusion:

As the Alabama Forestry Commission lifts the ‘No Burn’ order in 33 counties in the southern half of the state, residents can breathe a sigh of relief, albeit temporarily. The recent rainfall has provided respite from the wildfire threat in these areas, but the situation remains critical in the northern counties. The AFC continues to monitor the situation closely and will reassess the need for restrictions as more rain is predicted for early next week. It is crucial for residents to stay informed, exercise caution, and adhere to the guidelines provided by the AFC to ensure the safety of lives and property.


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