July 7, 2007
The no burn order for counties in North Alabama has been downgraded to a fire alert, while counties in South Alabama are in the clear to resume normal burning practices.
Trees and brush in South Alabama are much greener because of recent rainfalls.
The southern part of the state was behind 20 inches in annual rainfall, and now, forestry officials say we're only 10 to 12 inches behind.
The recent rainfall has been enough to reduce the threat of catastrophic wildfires.
Rain, combined with lower temperatures has provided enough moisture in ground fuels to justify lifting the no burn order.
South Alabama might be out from under a burn ban, but inside the Dothan City limits it still exists.
The Dothan Fire Marshal's Office is reviewing the burn ban and might lift it in the next week or so.
If you live outside the city limits in South Alabama, the burn ban has been lifted, but if you're inside a city, check with local officials.
Dothan fire officials did say the number of median grass fires have declined with the recent rainfall in the last two weeks.