Ways to Reduce Wildfires in Alabama

By: Demetria McClenton Email
By: Demetria McClenton Email

The lack of rain has put Alabama under a red flag warning, increasing the likelihood of outdoor fires.
Parts of Alabama have been under the warning since Wednesday.
"There is wildfire this afternoon that escaped into the woods. We were called out to assist in control measures,” says Jerry Smith with the Houston Work Unit.
It's not out of the ordinary for Jerry Smith and his team to respond to a wildfire.
“In the city we've seen an increasing number of outdoor fires outside of city limits," said Captain Chris Etheredge of the Dothan Fire Department.
Authorities say most of these fires are preventable.
"We see a lot of fires from people throwing out cigarette butts, especially as dry as it is,” said Etheredge.
Within the last week more than 120 wildfires across Alabama and drought officials expect those numbers to increase.
"People who pull off onto the side of the road in high grass are cognizant of that. Exhaust from the vehicle gets very hot and could start a fire," says Etheredge.
Alabama requires a burn permit before any wood, grass or field debris is burned.
"We need to request people not to burn if at all possible unless it's an extreme emergency.”
Fire officials say, under the red flag warning, burning is not allowed and permits will not be distributed.

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