No burn order lifted in county
The Drought Emergency Declaration "No Burn" order issued in August for Morgan County and for 58 other Alabama counties has been downgraded to a Fire Alert. Officials with the Alabama Forestry Commission said rain the state has received during the past few days has been enough to reduce the threat of wildfire. All 67 counties will remain under Fire Alert until lifted by State Forester Linda Casey.
Under the Fire Alert the Alabama Forestry Commission will restrict issuing permits for outdoor burning. Any fire of more than a quarter-acre requires a permit from the Forestry Commission.
The lifting of the Drought Emergency does not remove the open burn restriction issued by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) for Morgan County. This annual program lasts from May 1 through Oct. 31 of each year and is done to help air quality in these counties during summer months. Because of these restrictions, the Alabama Forestry Commission will not issue permits for miscellaneous burns in these counties.
The State Forester reminds everyone that the state is still experiencing abnormally dry conditions and to use all necessary safety precautions when doing any type of burning.