Burn ban lifted

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The nearly 7 inches of rainfall recorded in parts of Covington County during the last week has done its part in helping to lift a statewide burn ban.

Gov. Robert Bentley and state forester Linda Casey announced Monday that the fire alert has been lifted because recent rains have reduced the threat for catastrophic wildfires.

Weather reports show the biggest rain producing days were last Monday with 1.13 inches in Andalusia; Saturday with 2.41 inches and Sunday with 1.05 inches.

Forecasts for the remainder of the week predict sunny skies with little to no chance of rain until the weekend.

Local residents should be cautious when burning outside, and the Alabama Forestry Commission urges those doing outdoor burning to follow safety recommendations such as not leaving a fire unattended until it is out, having the necessary equipment and personnel to control the fire, and having a garden hose or other water supply on hand for smaller debris burns.

Any fire more than a quarter-acre in size or within 25 feet of a forested area requires a permit from the AFC. Burn permits may be obtained by calling 1-800-392-5679.

Burning without a permit is a Class B misdemeanor, punishable by up to six months in jail and/or up to a $3,000 fine.