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Wildfires Fought Around Alabama

Ashville, AL – Alabama fire officials say they expect more wildfire activity this week after a busy weekend.

The Alabama Forestry Commission says lower humidity, warm temeratures and gusty winds are combining to increase wildfire danger.

Over the weekend, officials say forestry commission firefighters and fire departments responded to 81 wildfires that burned about 3,435 acres, with about 15 of the fires 100 acres or larger in size.

The commission says that in the past week, there were 267 fires across the state, burning about 6,422 acres.

St. Clair County forester Derrick Heckman says while there is plenty of moisture in the soil, the top layer is dry enough for fires to spread quickly.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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