Burn ban still in effect

Published 12:02 am Saturday, July 9, 2011

Covington County remains under a no burn ban.
State forestry officials say recent rains and higher humidity have increased ground moisture levels in 34 north Alabama counties; thereby, reducing the threat of catastrophic wildfire.
However, those recent rains have not been enough to remove Covington, or 20 other southern counties, from the list.
But despite the increased rain chances in the immediate weather forecast, Mike Older of the state forestry commission said violators of the ban can still be fined between $250-$500 and could face up to six months in jail.