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Burn ban grows


Keith Foster, President of the Butler County Alabama Volunteer Fire Department, reminds county residents that there is a NO BURN order in effect at this time. “If you see any fire PUT IT OUT!  If you need to, call the Alabama Forestry Commission or the Butler County Sheriff’s Department. Tickets can and will issued,” said Foster.

“There is only one Alabama Forester in our district at this time, and just like the state troopers they are understaffed,” added Foster. Due to the lack of rain and drought-like conditions, all of Alabama 67 counties have been placed under a ‘No Burn’ order as of 3 p.m. Nov. 7. All outdoor burning is prohibited.

According to an earlier release from the Alabama Forestry Commission website, Governor Robert Bentley initially signed a “no burn order” for 46 of Alabama’s 67 counties on Oct. 12.

The Alabama Forestry Commission has reported over 1,421 wildfires covering over 15,000 acres since the first of October.

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