Lack of Rainfall Elevates State to Level 3 Drought Status

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - The dry weather gripping Alabama has created a red bullseye on the drought map of Alabama.

That big red splotch runs from the northeastern corner of the state to the Montgomery area.

Its a level 3 on the drought monitor - which means extreme. It is the same as the area in southeastern Georgia where wildfires have consumed more than 100-thousand acres.

Only seven such areas showed up on the map last week in the entire U.S.

Experts worry that the lingering drought could mean increased activity by pine beetles and a spike in wildfires.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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