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State remains under burn ban

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All 67 counties in the state of Alabama remain under a Drought Emergency, often referred to as a “No Burn Order,” which prohibits all outdoor burning.

The Alabama Forestry Commission, in conjunction with the Governor’s Office, has evaluated the impacts of recent rainfall on the drought conditions that exist across the state. The 10-day forecast for

Alabama shows below-average rainfall is expected, with afternoon high temperatures remaining above normal. This weather pattern will accelerate the drying of vegetation and debris, especially in areas with timber damaged during the April tornados, returning conditions to the same level that existed prior to the recent rainfall.

Under the No Burn Order, 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 or other material that may cause a forest, grass, or woods fire. 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.