Order restricts campfires, fireworks at Ala. National Forests | News
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA)- Citing dry conditions and high temperatures, the USDA Forest Service ordered a fire closure throughout Alabama's four National Forests Thursday. Those include Bankhead, Conecuh, Talladega and Tuskegee.
The order prohibits use of fire or campfires in any location within the National Forests that are not in developed recreation sites. Fireworks are also banned.
Forest Supervisor Steve Lohr said the restrictions were put into place to reduce the risk of igniting a wildfire. "Wildfires do not stop at property boundaries," he said, "so we are asking the public to know the rules and help us protect Alabama communities."
The public restrictions are temporary. They're in effect from June 28, 2012 to August 31, 2012. The ban can be extended if officials feel it needs to be.
Anyone found to be in violation of the ban faces a fine of up to $5,000 (or $10,000 if part of an organization) and can also be imprisoned for up to six months.
The order will allow exemptions for gas or liquid fuel type stoves or backpacking stoves provided they are used in the developed recreation sites.
The Alabama Forestry Commission remains on high alert for wildfires all over Alabama. In the past week more than 700 acres have burned.
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