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Forestry Commission issues statewide fire alert

MONTGOMERY — The Alabama Forestry Commission has issued a statewide Fire Alert, effective immediately.

While under a Fire Alert, permits for outdoor burning will be restricted, the commission said in a news release Friday. Anyone who burns a field, grassland, or woodland without a burn permit may be subject to prosecution for committing a Class B misdemeanor.

The commission said it issued the burning restriction because of the drought situation, continued lack of precipitation, and high probability of fuel ignition. Weather predictions for the weekend include relative humidities under 20 percent and windy conditions with 15-30 mph gusts in areas.

“With this extremely dry weather, any fire can quickly spread out of control, not only resulting in damage to our forests but also threatening lives and destroying property,” the commission said in a news release.

The fire alert will remain in effect until rescinded by the State Forester.

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 www.forestry.alabama.gov/Pages/Fire/Totals.aspx.

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