Tue March 30, 2004
Rainfall Squelches Wildfires
By Alabama Public Radio
Alabama – Yesterday's and last night's rainfall was a welcome sight to state forestry workers who have been battling wildfires in 55 counties so far this Spring.
Those counties have been under a fire alert ... but officials will reevaluate the fire alerts after studying a survey of rainfall amounts. Over the weekend, a total of 159 fires burned more than 27-hundred acres, and so far, March has been one of the driest months ever.
The Forestry Commission says any rain would bring some relief to firefighting personnel and equipment. Some firefighters have been so busy that they've had little time to repair and maintain their equipment.
State Forester Timothy Boyce placed the 55 counties on alert because of one-thousand-469 forest fires that burned in the last month. Those fires destroyed more than 22-thousand acres.