Warm weather, gusty winds and lower humiditiea are helping to fan the flames of wildfires in Alabama.
Wildfire activity was high this past weekend with Alabama Forestry Commission firefighters and fire departments responding to 81 fires that burned approximately 3,500 acres.
In February AFC personnel and local fire departments have fought a number of wildfires in Jackson County. Fires have been reported in Bryant, Liberty Hill, Flat Rock, Hollywood, Section and in the Hog Jaw Valley area. At least two fires were reported Tuesday, including one in Section.
AFC has not issued burning restrictions. State Forester Linda Casey is urging the public to exercise extreme caution with all outdoor burning.
Drier air that accompanied a cold front that pushed through the area overnight is expected to increase fire danger today. Humidities will drop into the 30s and when combined with gusty winds will increase the potential for wildfires through the end of the week.
In the past week more than 267 fires have been reported statewide resulting in approximately 6,500 acres being burned.
Due to budget cuts AFC has fewer personnel. The result is longer response time and an increased opportunity for fires to grow larger. Approximately 15 of last weekend’s fires burned more than 100 acres.