COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. – Despite recent rain, the risk of wildfires in the Tennessee Valley has not disappeared.
WHNT News 19 viewer Paula Smith emailed us photos of a wildfire burning near the bank of the Tennessee River in Colbert County.
The pictures above were taken from the Lauderdale County side of the river near Waterloo around 2 p.m. Sunday.
Terry Ezzell with the Alabama Forestry Commission told WHNT News 19 Monday morning the fire likely contained itself by burning against the river and that crews did not need to be sent out.
According to Ezzell, steady rain Monday morning put out the fire.
On December 5, Governor Robert Bentley and Interim State Forester Gary Cole on Monday rescinded the statewide Drought Emergency ‘No Burn’ Order which had been in effect since early November. Officials with the Alabama Forestry Commission (AFC) say the state received enough rainfall in late November and early December to reduce – but not eliminate – the threat of dangerous wildfires.
In the last 30 days, over 50 wildfires have burned more than 9,400 acres of land in Alabama.
Since January 1, 3,669 fires have charred a staggering 49,531 acres.
Any fire more than a quarter-acre in size or within 25 feet of a forested area requires a permit from the Alabama Forestry Commission.
Burn permits may be obtained by calling 1-800-392-5679.
Burning without a permit is a Class B misdemeanor, punishable by up to six months in jail and/or up to a $3,000 fine.