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SATURDAY, MAY 19, 2007

Forester places all Alabama counties under fire alert

MONTGOMERY — State Forester Linda Casey placed all 67 Alabama counties under a fire alert Friday after a cold front provided disappointing amounts of rain and left drought conditions unchanged.

The National Drought Mitigation Center's drought monitor listed most of Alabama as having "extreme" drought conditions Friday.

Rain received the past few days was not enough to eliminate the problem and the chance of rain through the weekend and next week is extremely small, forestry officials said.

Casey's order, which became effective at 9 a.m. Friday, allows the Alabama Forestry Commission to restrict the issuing of burning permits.

The permits are normally issued to everyone who meets the requirements of the permit law.

Officials said the potential for a forest fire to get out of hand is high and the fire alert will remain in effect until enough rain is received to eliminate the problem.


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