BAY MINETTE, AL- Alabama Governor Robert Bentley expanded the drought emergency Monday and issued a no burn order.
That means outdoor burning with the exception of using an enclosed, cooking grill, is illegal.
Parts of Southwest Alabama could get some rain Monday and Tuesday, but it probably won’t be enough to minimize the fire danger. It’s just too dry to start a fire.
Other factors like gusty winds and lower relative humidity levels later in the week could increase the fire threat.
The statewide burn ban could last weeks.
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.
Violators can be fined up to $500 and punished with up to six months in jail.