MONTGOMERY-On Wednesday, November 8, 2023, Governor Kay Ivey issued a Drought Emergency Declaration – also referred to as a No Burn Order – that prohibits all outdoor burning in Alabama. The order is effective as of 8 a.m. on November 9.
The statewide No Burn Order covers all Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) lands including Alabama’s State Parks, state public hunting lands and Forever Wild Land Trust tracts. Gas cook stoves will still be allowed in all Alabama State Park campgrounds and appropriate day use areas.
“We are taking this burn ban very seriously and encourage everyone who visits an Alabama State Park, public hunting area or Forever Wild tract to do so as well,” said Chris Blankenship, ADCNR Commissioner. “Please follow the statewide No Burn Order and enjoy your outdoor recreation responsibly during these extremely dry conditions.”
A statewide Fire Alert was issued on October 24. Since then, firefighters with the Alabama Forestry Commission have responded to 352 wildfires that have burned 3,199 acres throughout the state.
Visitors to Alabama’s State Parks are encouraged to monitor each state park’s social media accounts for updates on the No Burn Order. A social media directory for Alabama State Parks is available at www.alapark.com/social-media-
Alabama’s gun deer season opens for most of the state on Saturday, November 18. To lower the risk of accidentally starting a wildfire this hunting season, hunters are also encouraged to practice these additional fire prevention tips.
- Avoid parking in tall dry grass. Vehicle exhaust pipes can potentially ignite the grass.
- Be mindful of any sparks generated when discharging a firearm.
- Do not discard cigarette butts from a vehicle window or near any potential fire source.
- When hauling a trailer avoid dragging chains. Sparks generated against the pavement can ignite grass along the roadway.
- If possible, carry a fire extinguisher in your vehicle.
For more information about current drought conditions and the state’s No Burn Order, contact the Alabama Forestry Commission at (334) 240-9300 or visit www.forestry.alabama.gov.
Media Release/Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources