MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Gov. Robert Bentley has extended a “no burn order” to all Alabama counties because of wildfires fueled by dry conditions.
Bentley on Monday placed all 67 counties under a drought declaration that prohibits outdoor burning. Previously, 46 counties were covered by the order.
The Alabama Forestry Commission says 1,421 wildfires have occurred in Alabama since the first of October. The fires have destroyed around 15,409 acres.
State Forester Gary Cole said in a statement that the persistent drought conditions have caused fires to quickly spread out of control.
The “no burn order” prohibits outdoor burning, including camp fires, trash fires and bonfires and other open burning. Violators can be fined up to $500 and punished with up to six months in jail.