A total of 46 counties across the state including Cherokee County, have been placed under a Fire Danger Warning issued by the Alabama Forestry Commission. The warning was issued due to the extremely dry weather conditions and low humidity – two factors which combine to create an atmosphere favorable for wildfires.
In just over a week more than 140 wildfires have occurred in north Alabama affecting more than 1,500 acres of land.
That Fire Danger Warning will remain in effect until “appreciable rainfall” is received.
Also, any outdoor burning is discouraged until conditions improve.
The counties affected include Autauga, Bibb, Blount, Calhoun, Chambers, Cherokee, Chilton, Clay, Cleburne, Colbert, Coosa, Cullman, Dallas, DeKalb, Elmore, Etowah, Fayette, Franklin, Greene, Hale, Jackson, Jefferson, Lamar, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Lee, Limestone, Lowndes, Macon, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Montgomery, Morgan, Perry, Pickens, Randolph, Russell, Shelby, St. Clair, Sumter, Talladega, Tallapoosa, Tuscaloosa, Walker, and Winston.
To report a wildfire, call (800) 392-5679. The arson hotline is (800) 654-0775.