Conecuh in danger of fires

Published 7:11 pm Thursday, June 28, 2012

The Conecuh National Forest is among the four Alabama forests included in a fire closure order that cited “extremely high” danger of fires.

The USDA Forest Service has issued the fire closure throughout Alabama’s national forests that includes that also includes Bankhead, Talladega and Tuskegee.

The order prohibits the use of fire or campfires in any location of a national forest without developed recreation sites. National Forest visitors also are restricted from using fireworks or other pyrotechnic devices. The closure order goes into effect from June 28 until Aug. 31.

Forest Service officials said the dry conditions increase the chance and intensity of a wildfire. A build-up of fuels, such as dead trees and brush like those left over from recent storms, when combined with drought, causes a tinderbox. The moisture content of living and dead plants is so low, that any spark, ember, or other ignition sources that touch these plants is virtually certain to ignite and unwanted wildland fire.