Drought Fire Warning

Wildfires have scorched almost 25,000 acres in Alabama since March 1st. If the dry weather continues, the problem will only get worse.

Tracy Lawrence with the AL Forestry Commission said, "It's extremely dry. It'll burn right now."

Dry conditions are creating fire hazards across the Wiregrass.

The moderate to high winds, along with the extremely low humidity, and lack of moisture on the ground make for a dangerous combination.

"In the month of March alone, we've had over, state-wide, we've had over 1,000 fires that have burned in excess of 24,000 acres," Lawrence said.

Most of the counties currently under a fire alert are in the northern part of the state.

But officials say the dry conditions are slowly but surely moving south.

"It's progressively moving down the state,” Lawrence said. “We're about down to a [little] bit south of Montgomery County. These counties are under fire alerts. We're not under a fire alert right now in Houston County, but I suspect within the next week we probably will be due to insufficient rainfall."

This month, nine fires in Houston County have destroyed approximately 80 acres of forest and timberland.

Unless we get some rain, Lawrence says Houston County will see a significant increase in fires within the next two weeks.

Forty-three out of 67 Alabama counties are on fire alert status.

Those counties in our viewing area include Covington and Crenshaw counties.


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