Alabama Forestry Commission: 1,028 wildfires since October 1

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Since the first of October, a total of 1,028 wildfires have destroyed 11,232 acres across the state of Alabama. And the situation is only getting worse as there is no rain in sight.

Thursday at the site of a recent wildfire in Walker County, Governor Robert Bentley appealed to citizens regarding the seriousness of the situation. Earlier this month he signed a Drought Emergency Declaration into effect, often referred to as a “No Burn Order,” which prohibits ALL outdoor burning.

A burn ban is in effect for 46 counties in Alabama, including all of north Alabama (Image: WHNT News 19)

A burn ban is in effect for 46 counties in Alabama, including all of north Alabama (Image: WHNT News 19)

Burn ban in effect

A total of 46 counties in north and central Alabama remain under the burn ban. Effective since October 12, the order prohibits all outdoor burning. It is illegal for any person to set fire to any forest, grass, woods, wildlands, or marshes; to build a campfire or bonfire; or to burn trash, debris, or other material that may cause a forest, grass, or woods fire.

The regulation also prohibits all open burning and prescribed burns. If convicted, the penalty for violating the No Burn Order is a fine of up to $500 and/or up to six months in jail.

'Fire alert' in south Alabama

Additionally, a ‘Fire Alert’ remains in effect for the 21 other counties in south Alabama. While under the Fire Alert, permits for outdoor burning are restricted

The Alabama Forestry Commission is committed to protecting the state’s invaluable forest assets, as well as serving the citizens and landowners across Alabama. The Drought Emergency Declaration order will remain in effect until rescinded by the State Forester, at which time conditions will have changed sufficiently to reduce the occurrence and frequency of wildfires.

To report persons burning in violation of this law, contact your local law enforcement.