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MONTGOMERY, Ala. – In response to the alarming surge in wildfire incidents across the state, Gov. Kay Ivey has taken decisive action by issuing a ‘No Burn Order.’

On Wednesday, Ivey signed a Drought Emergency Declaration, effectively halting all outdoor burning in the state starting Thursday, Nov. 9, at 8:00 a.m.

Gov. Ivey emphasized, “Alabama is currently experiencing extremely dry conditions, which greatly increases the potential for dangerous wildfire activity.”

This stern measure will attempt to stop avoidable fires, helping with the efforts of State Forester Rick Oates and his team, who have been tirelessly working to safeguard forests, homes, and wildlife.

Since the Fire Alert issued on October 24, the Alabama Forestry Commission has battled 352 wildfires, scorching 3,199 acres statewide.

In a statement, Oates stressed the necessity of these burning restrictions, citing the prolonged drought and heightened risk of uncontrollable fires. Despite anticipated minimal rainfall, the danger persists.

The Drought Emergency Declaration will remain in effect indefinitely until conditions improve. Citizens are urged to report any violations of this order to local law enforcement.

For updates on the state’s wildfire situation, visit the Alabama Forestry Commission’s website here.


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