Digital Media Center
Bryant-Denny Stadium, Gate 61
920 Paul Bryant Drive
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0370
(800) 654-4262

© 2024 Alabama Public Radio
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

Southwest Alabama Under a Fire Alert

By Alabama Public Radio

Montgomery, AL – Residents may be tempted to clear storm debris by burning it. That's why the Alabama Forestry Commission has placed 17 southwestern Alabama counties under a fire alert. It began Friday and will remain in effect until further notice. It restricts the number of outdoor burn permits issued to residents of those areas. Fire officials say the smoke from burning household debris can be extremely dangerous. They're also worried that blocked roads, inoperable phone lines and a shortage of firefighters would make controlling fires much more difficult. The state Forestry Commission is working with some counties to establish incineration areas where residents can burn their trash.

News from Alabama Public Radio is a public service in association with the University of Alabama. We depend on your help to keep our programming on the air and online. Please consider supporting the news you rely on with a donation today. Every contribution, no matter the size, propels our vital coverage. Thank you.