MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama is banning outdoor burning in a dozen of its 67 counties to protect air quality.
An announcement from the Alabama Department of Environmental Management says the order covers areas with a history of pollution problems. The ban includes Baldwin, DeKalb, Etowah, Jefferson, Lawrence, Madison, Mobile, Montgomery, Morgan, Russell, Shelby and Talladega counties.
It prohibits residents from burning yard debris, construction materials and other items that can cause pollution through Oct. 31. The order is separate from burn bans that the state imposes sometimes during dry weather to prevent wildfires.