Statewide burn ban issued by Gov. Kay Ivey

Montgomery Fire and Rescue

On Wednesday, Gov. Kay Ivey issued a statewide ‘No Burn Order.’

The Governor signed a statewide Drought Emergency Declaration – often called a ‘No Burn Order’ – prohibiting all outdoor burning in Alabama. This order is effective November 9, 2023, at 8:00 a.m. Central Standard Time.

“Alabama is currently experiencing extremely dry conditions, which greatly increases the potential for dangerous wildfire activity,” said Gov. Ivey. “State Forester Rick Oates and his team have been working around-the-clock to keep our forests safe and fires contained, and I commend them for their efforts to protect Alabamians, our homes, and our wildlife. This declaration is meant to prevent unnecessary burning, reducing the chance of avoidable fires. I urge Alabamians to heed this warning.”

According to the Alabama Forest Commission’s drought monitor, all 67 Alabama counties are experiencing unusually dry conditions, with 23 counties, mostly in North Alabama and Southwest Alabama, experiencing extreme drought.

The Governor had previously issued a statewide Fire Alert on October 24. Wednesday’s order by the governor upgrades that. Since October 24, the  Alabama Forestry Commission (AFC) firefighters have responded to 352 wildfires that have already burned 3,199 acres across the state.

“These burning restrictions are a necessary result of the ongoing lack of precipitation and high probability of fuel ignition,” said State Forester Rick Oates. “During the last month, we’ve seen an increase not only in the number of wildfires but also in the size of those fires. With this prolonged drought, conditions are such that any outdoor fire can rapidly spread out of control, taking longer – and more firefighting resources – to contain and ultimately control. Even though we are predicted to get a small amount of rain this weekend, it will not be enough to lessen the wildfire danger.”

The Drought Emergency Declaration order will remain in effect until rescinded by the State Forester. To report people burning in violation of this law, contact your local law enforcement.

Over 72% of Alabama is forested, so forest fires present a real danger to both life and property,

For more information on the current wildfire situation in the state, visit the Alabama Forestry Commission’s website.

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