Wildfires becoming more frequent across Lauderdale County


LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. – Fire fighters across the valley are covered up right now, battling wildfires.

Hardwood continues to smolder atop scorched ground in the Gravelly Springs community.

Tuesday afternoon, volunteer fire fighters from nine departments responded to the call for help. When it was all said and done, more than 100-acres burned.

101216-ld-wildfire-protection-6pm-pkg2“We just keep praying for rain, but it looks like it’s going to be another week or maybe up to two weeks before we get any more moisture,” Alabama Forestry Commission Agent Steve McEachron.

He said conditions haven’t been this bad in years. McEachron said wildfires really started igniting earlier this week. As dry as vegetation is right now, just about anything can start a fire.

“We’ve had fires from people bush-hogging, strike a rock and it will spark and start a fire. Of course there has been a lot of harvesting of crops and sometimes that will cause a fire,” stated McEachron.

And the fire along County Road 2 in Lauderdale County, likely started from tossed cigarette.

McEachron suggests people use extreme caution when trying to burn anything outdoors right now. And please keep those cigarette butts in your vehicle.

Governor Robert Bentley on Wednesday signed a Drought Emergency Declaration due to extremely dry conditions.

The declaration, often referred to as a ‘No Burn Order’, prohibits all outdoor burning for 46 counties in north and central Alabama.