This Week’s Rain Won’t End The Drought

Alabama Forestry Commission
Foresters are watching the weather forecast closely.

LOXLEY, AL- The drought has kept the Alabama Forestry Commission pretty busy this fall.

“It’s extremely dry,” says Forester Ricky Fields.

The dry weather has increased the wildfire threat across Alabama. Fields says one or two inches of rain won’t be enough to end the drought.

“We’ve got a long way to go,” says Fields. “It’s going to take a lot of rain for this to build moisture back up.”

Lightning from severe thunderstorms is also a concern. Lightning causes about 9,000 wildfires and burns more than 5 million acres in the U.S. every year.

A statewide burn ban is still posted. The drought could last months.

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