Governor’s office lifts statewide burn ban

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WIAT) — Governor Bentley and Interim State Forester Gary Cole have rescinded the statewide burn ban, according to a release from the governor’s office.

According to the Alabama Forestry Commission, the state has received enough rainfall over the last few days to reduce the threat of dangerous wildfires.

“I want to thank the Forestry Commission and the dozens of local fire departments that have worked so hard to ensure the thousands of wildfires didn’t get out of hand,” Governor Bentley said in a press release available on his website. “These men and women have worked long hours under intense conditions to prevent as much damage as possible. We will continue to work with stake holders across the state to help everyone recover from the drought.”

The Forestry Commission still advises anyone conducting outside burning to follow safety precautions such as not leaving a fire unattended until it is completely out, having the necessary equipment and personnel to control the fire, and having a garden hose or other water supply on hand for smaller debris burns.

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