FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 20, 2016
Forest Service- Heather O’Hanlon/Tammy Freeman Brown - 334-832-4470;
Alabama Forestry Commission Mike Kyser/Elisha Ballentine – 334-240-9300
|Shooting Star Wildfire on Talladega National Forest Burns At Night in a Longleaf Pine Forest|
Top Federal and State Forestry Management Organizations Unite to Protect Alabama Communities
(Montgomery, Al) November 20, 2016 ----The USDA Forest Service and the Alabama Forestry Commission are taking an all lands approach to protect Alabama communities and natural resources from dangerous wildfires. The long-standing partnership unites numerous federal, state and local fire specialists to respond to wildfire emergencies that impact all boundaries. Since October 1, approximately 1,860 wildfires have burned over 24,000 acres in Alabama.
Safety is a number one concern of land managers for forest visitors, especially hunters, hikers and other outdoor enthusiasts who utilize the forest during the fall season.
Help us prevent wildfires. Report arson or suspicious activities by calling 1-800-654-0775; share Forest Service and Alabama Forestry Commission fire prevention messages through social media contacts; document the drought to assist natural resource managers to monitor impacts by uploading georeferenced photos of rivers, lakes and streams with the hashtag #documentthedrought and adhere to the statewide burn ban that includes Alabama’s National Forests.
For more information about fire restrictions or the no burn order, visit these websites: www.forestry.alabama.gov, www.fs.usda.gov/alabama or contact the U.S. Forest Service - 334-832-4470 and the Alabama Forestry Commission- 334-240-9357.