Forestry officials issue fire alert

Published 11:35 am Monday, March 26, 2007

By By Lisa Tindell – news writer
Spring has sprung, and many landowners are busy trimming away underbrush and damaged limbs on trees around property lines.
The Alabama Forestry Commission is cautioning landowners against burning the rubbish.
The eastern part of the county isn't the only area being hit by wildfire or brush fire. Parker said a fire involving several acres was found burning on in the Wildfork Road area.
The Alabama Forestry Commission has issued a fire alert for Escambia County as well as 13 other counties across the state.
Other counties included in the alert are Baldwin, Choctaw, Clarke, Fayette, Jefferson, Lamar, Marion, Mobile, Shelby, Tuscaloosa, Walker, Washington and Winston.
Casey said 780 wildfires have burned nearly 19,000 acres of Alabama's land since the beginning of March.
In just three weeks, Escambia County has experienced 18 fires, which have burned more than 150 acres in the area, Casey said.
The Forestry Commission is urging everyone to use all necessary safety precautions when doing any type of outdoor burning to call the commission for a burn permit, Casey said.
The Brewton Fire Department has a no-burn policy in effect year-round for residents inside the city limits.
East Brewton residents are typically allowed to burn debris when deemed necessary; however, current conditions have changed that allowance.
Parker said the alert issued by the Alabama Forestry Commission could be lifted if the area receives some rainfall soon.

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