Fire alert reinstated for all counties

Published 12:31 am Wednesday, October 25, 2023

By Lanell Downs Smith

The Alabama Forestry Commission (AFC) has reinstated a statewide fire alert effective immediately. In the 32 counties roughly north of U.S. Interstate 20, no burn permits will be issued. South of I-20, the 35 southern counties, certified prescribed burn managers will have the option to obtain a one-day burn permit. 

According to an AFC statement issued Tuesday, no exceptions will be made to this rule. “Anyone who burns a field, grassland, or woodland without a burn permit may be subject to prosecution for committing a Class B misdemeanor,” said AFC Communications and Public Relations Manager Elisha Ballentine.

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The commission’s wildland firefighters responded to 111 wildfires during the past seven day, extinguishing flames that scorched more than 1,881 acres of Alabama forestland.

“ Drought conditions are expected to worsen as no rain is forecast for the next week, and October is historically the state’s driest month,” Ballentine said. “This extremely dry weather creates a greater-than-average potential for outdoor fires to escape easily and spread rapidly, taking longer – and more firefighting resources – to contain and ultimately control.”

Call the Alabama Forestry Commission at (800) 392-5679 to report a wildfire.

For more information on the current wildfire situation in the state or any other forestry-related issues, contact a local AFC office or visit the agency website at

The Alabama Forestry Commission is the state agency committed to protecting Alabama’s invaluable forest assets as well as its citizens.