A “No Burn” may be the reason for a slight drop in wildfires over the weekend.
“We started notching a change Saturday,” Coleen Vansant of the Alabama Forestry Commission said. “We’re not getting as many debris fires, but the amount of fires has decreased by about 20 to 25 a day.”
Public cooperation with the burn ban may have reduced fires slightly, but firefighters are still dealing with a major outbreak in areas under an extreme drought.
In the last 30 days, more than 800 wildfires have been reported. That is roughly 15 times the number of wildfires during the same period of time in 2015.
“It took a long time to get to this point and it’s going to take a lot of rainfall to get us out,” Vansant said.
Firefighters from south Alabama continue to help crews in central and north Alabama handle the workload.