Forestry Commission issues statewide Fire Alert

Special to Atmore News

The Alabama Forestry Commission (AFC) has issued a statewide Fire Alert effective immediately.
While under a Fire Alert, permits for outdoor burning will be restricted. Anyone who burns a field, grassland or woodland without a burn permit may be subject to prosecution for committing a Class B misdemeanor.
This burning restriction is being issued because of the current drought situation, continued lack of precipitation, and high probability of fuel ignition. With this extremely dry weather, any fire can quickly spread out of control, not only resulting in damage to forests but also threatening lives and destroying property.
The Fire Alert will remain in effect until rescinded by State Forester Rick Oates, at which time conditions will have changed sufficiently to reduce the occurrence and frequency of wildfires.
To report a wildfire, call the Alabama Forestry Commission at (800) 392-5679. For more information on the current wildfire situation in the state or any other forestry-related issues, contact your local AFC office or visit the agency website at