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State forester lifts fire alert in 38 counties

MONTGOMERY (AP) — Scattered rains over the weekend brought relief to parched counties in much of Alabama, leaving only five counties in fire alert status.

State Forester Linda S. Casey on Monday removed 38 of the 43 counties from the fire alert that began March 21.

The fire alert order remains in effect in five counties in Northwest Alabama: Co-
lbert, Franklin, Lauderdale, Lawrence and Limestone. Those counties did not receive enough rain to eliminate the threat of wildfires.

A lack of rain, low humidity and gusty winds last month caused an unusually high number of wildfires. During the month of March, 1,213 fires occurred in Alabama, burning 27,547 acres.

In the counties where fire alerts were lifted, the Forestry Commission will resume issuing permits for outdoor burning. In the counties still under the alert, burn permits remain restricted.

On the Net:

www.forestry.state.al.us

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