Wildfires charring north Alabama amid drought

Soy bean field on fire in Limestone County on Sunday, October 6

Soy bean field on fire in Limestone County on Sunday, October 6

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Forestry officials say wildfires are burning across Alabama as drought conditions worsen.

The Alabama Forestry Commission reports that about 70 blazes burned around 730 acres of land on Sunday alone, and no appreciable rain is in the forecast to lessen the threat.

The situation is worst in north Alabama, where drought conditions are most severe. The state issued a fire danger warning for 46 of Alabama’s 67 counties last week, and officials said it will continue until rain returns to the state.

The National Drought Mitigation Center reports that 86 percent of Alabama is abnormally dry, and northeast Alabama is particularly hard hit. More than 10 counties in that area are experiencing an extreme drought.

Statistics show drought conditions are far worse in Alabama this year than in 2015.