The Alabama Forestry Commission recently upgraded a Fire Danger Advisory to a Fire Alert as a drought continues to dry out the state.

“The alert is basically to tell everyone it’s extremely dry,” said Brad Lang, a Unit Manager for the Alabama Forestry Commission. “The main thing right is just understanding the weather.”

While under a fire alert, permits for outdoor burning will be issued on an individual basis at the discretion of the State Forester. People are encouraged not to light any home fires until the state has received additional rainfall.

“You got a lot going on now with the weather transitioning to a more fall-like pattern,” Lang said. “This is what we call our fall fire season. Due to the weather, due to the leaf fall, due to a lot of things, due to it being the driest time of the year, this is a typical fire season, it’s just a little above normal being as dry as it is.”

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