alabama forestry commission

Fire Danger Advisory Issued for Some Local Counties

The Alabama Forestry Commission has issued a Fire Danger Advisory for 15 counties in Alabama. The advisory includes Conecuh, Covington and Marengo counties in the Alabama News Network viewing area. The complete list of counties includes: Baldwin, Choctaw, Coffee, Clarke, Conecuh, Covington, Dale, Escambia, Geneva, Henry, Houston, Marengo, Mobile, Monroe and Washington. The Alabama Forestry Commission says dry conditions, combined…

Memorial Fund Started for Family of Late Alabama Forestry Commission Ranger

The Alabama Forestry Commission is mourning the loss of one of its own after a fatal car crash. A memorial fund has been started for the family of  James Owen Hall, the ranger who was killed on duty in a crash during heavy storms on Tuesday, March 3. He was 43 years old. According to the GoFundMe, Hall was assigned…

Prattville Man Identified in Fatal Afternoon Crash as Alabama Forestry Commission Ranger

A single-vehicle crash at 1:15 p.m., Tuesday, March 3, has claimed the life of a Prattville man. James Owen Hall, 43, was killed when the 2008 Ford F-250 he was driving left the roadway and struck a tree before catching fire. Hall was pronounced dead at the scene. It was confirmed to Alabama News Network that Hall was a Forest…

Volunteer Fire Departments Feeling the Heat During Drought

Fire departments were busy this weekend battling grass fires in Montgomery County and surrounding areas. We spoke with a volunteer fire department about the strain the drought is putting on its volunteers. Jimmy Ellis is the Chief of the Shorter Volunteer Fire Department: “It has put a strain on our resources. As you know, volunteers are getting to be a…

More damage from Hurricane Michael: Timberland

Most Alabama damage was in SouthEast Counties

From the Alabama Forestry Commission: Alabama Power Co. photo shows employees clearing downed trees. Timber Damage from Hurricane Michael   “In the wake of Hurricane Michael, many Alabama landowners are finding that their forests have been devastated. Strike teams from the Alabama Forestry Commission (AFC) were immediately mobilized to assist with road clearing and debris removal. The agency is currently…

47 Alabama counties under fire alert

The State Forestry Commission issued a Fire Alert for many counties in Alabama. The alert is a result of a severe drought across the state caused by a lack of precipitation early in the year. The Foresters reported Tuesday that Alabama experienced 265 fires statewide that burned 2,300 acres. While the Fire Alert doesn’t mean residents need to stop backyard bonfires…

Forestry Commission Issues Fire Warnings

The Alabama Forestry Commission has issued a fire danger warning for nearly 50 counties across the state. Officials say the extremely dry weather conditions and lack of rain in the days to come have created an environment that is favorable for wildfires. Over 140 wildfires have broken out over the last week, burning around 15-hundred acres of land. Those counties under…