BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Drought conditions across much of Alabama have created favorable conditions for wildfires in recent weeks.
The Birmingham News reports that wildfires this fall are the worst in recent years.
Dan Jackson, forest operations division director for the Alabama Forestry Commission, tells the newspaper that 1,203 wildfires have broken out across the state since the start of September.
The fires have burned 11 homes and 74 other buildings and scorched 16 square miles of land. Firefighters have also protected 978 other homes.
Because of extremely dry conditions, State Forester Linda Casey put all 67 counties of Alabama under a fire alert Sept. 23. That means outdoor burning is restricted.