Gov. Robert Bentley and Interim State Forester Gary Cole have lifted the statewide Drought Emergency “No Burn” order in effect since early November.
State officials said rainfall in the last week has been sufficient to reduce wildfire threats. Cole said all counties throughout the state once again will be able to issue burn permits, though if the ground becomes exceptionally dry again, the state may reissue the No Burn order or other fire alerts.
The Alabama Forestry Commission advised anyone conducting an outdoor burn to follow safety precautions, including attending fires until they’ve gone out completely, using proper equipment and monitoring practices and having a water supply on hand to control smaller fires. Fires more than a quarter-acre in size or within 25 feet of a forested area require an AFC burn permit. Burning without a permit is a Class B misdemeanor, according to the agency, punishable by up to six months in jail and fines as much as $3,000.
Permits can be obtained by calling the AFC at 1-800-392-5679.