Forestry Officials Place All 67 Counties Under Fire Alert

UNDATED, Ala. (AP) - Alabama's lingering dry weather has prompted the Alabama Forestry Commission to place all 67 counties under Fire Alert status. The order was signed Friday by state Forester Linda Casey.

Coleen Vansant, a commission spokeswoman, said conditions are extreme and there's a potential for devastating wildfires. She said the fire alert will remain in effect until enough rain is received to eliminate the problem.

Remember, a fire alert means permits for outdoor burning are restricted and issued only on an individual basis.

Meanwhile, the National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for virtually the entire state.

The warning means that critical fire weather conditions are occurring due to a combination of strong winds, low humidity and warm temperatures.

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