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    Post Alabama Wildfires

    MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - A wind-blown blaze scorched about 100 acres
    of woodlands in north Mobile County on Thursday, threatening
    several structures, but causing no injuries.
    Several volunteer fire departments fought the fire near Celeste
    and Salco Roads in the Turnerville community. Some families were
    temporarily relocated as a precaution.
    Brisk winds associated with a cold front fanned and strengthened
    the fire.
    Meanwhile, the National Weather Service issued a fire weather
    watch for parts of north and central Alabama Thursday. The watch
    means conditions are favorable for the threat of fires.



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    Post March 2004

    Firefighters fight wildfires in 27 Alabama counties
    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - State forestry officials said Tuesday
    that strong winds were partly responsible as wildfires burned
    almost 1,000 acres in 27 Alabama counties, threatening several
    homes, a church and other property.
    Alabama Forestry Commission officials said 70 fires burned the
    acreage Monday, with Cleburne and Mobile County hit the worst.
    Cleburne County manager Paul Williams said the problem began
    Friday with four arson fires burning 86 acres. One arson fire
    threatened a home Saturday and 10 fires burned 423 acres Sunday.
    Two fires burned 95 acres Monday, as several homes and a church
    were threatened.
    Eleven fires burned in Mobile County Monday, damaging 173 acres
    of land in the Bayou La Batre and Irvington communities. County
    manager Steve Lyda said six homes and several outbuildings were
    threatened.


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    Speaking to you from central Alabama...

    Everything's still a nice, combustible winter brown. Combine that with 25+ MPH winds like we had Monday and you've got trouble.

    We've had plenty rainfall, to the point that some pastures are so soft you risk getting the brush truck stuck but the vegatation blazes along quite nicely.

    Things are starting to green up, so hopefully it will not last much longer. We've actually slowed down over the last week. A couple of weeks ago we were seeing lots of fires but it has slowed down recently. I guess it all moved south.

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    Fifty-five counties placed under fire alert

    (Montgomery-AP) -- State Forester Timothy Boyce placed 55
    Alabama counties under a Fire Alert because of recent wildfires
    that have burned across the state.
    A total of 197 fires burned 3-thousand-539 acres over the
    weekend.
    Officials say arson and debris burning have been the two leading
    causes of the fires, which have destroyed five homes and 48 cars
    this month.
    Alabama Forestry Commission officials placed 50 counties in the
    southern and northeastern parts of the state on alert yesterday and
    added five more counties to the list today.
    Officials put the counties on alert because of dry weather and
    predicted high winds over the next few days.
    Portions of the Tennessee Valley had light rain over the
    weekend, but most of Alabama missed out.
    Forecasters predicted no rain until the end of the week.
    The A-F-C can restrict outdoor burn permits under a Fire Alert
    and evaluates every permit request before issuing one.

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    Post March 24th

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Nearly 200 fires have destroyed more
    than 3,300 acres of forest statewide since Sunday's fire alert for
    55 counties, the Alabama Forestry Commission said Wednesday.
    Though fires have been spotted all over Alabama, the most
    extreme blazes have affected the southwestern and northeastern
    corners of the state, said commission spokeswoman Coleen VanSant,
    who has tracked Alabama fires for 18 years.
    "None of us can remember it being this bad, this long during
    the spring," she said. "It's the first time we can remember going
    under a fire alert in the spring."
    This month has been unusually dry. Fire experts typically
    welcome March as a time when rain and lush foliage taper out the
    seasonal fires from the winter months.
    But the agency reports that 1,164 fires have burned 17,609 acres
    statewide this month. That's more than what has burned in the
    previous five months combined. From October through February, 1,381
    fires burned 10,227 acres.
    More than 300 acres of forest burned from Jacksonville to
    Anniston this week and were under control by Tuesday afternoon,
    said Steve Bowden, a fire specialist with the commission's
    northeast region.
    A fire near Camp Cottaquilla had burned about 250 acres by
    Tuesday morning while the Anniston fire burned about 42 acres, he
    said.
    In Mobile, county officials estimated their woodlands have
    burned at the rate of 80 acres an hour since early March.
    On Sunday and Monday, the Alabama Forestry Commission placed 55
    of Alabama's 67 counties under a fire alert, which restricts
    outdoor burning.
    The two leading causes of the fires in Alabama are arson and
    debris burning, VanSant said. The lack of rain combined with high
    winds and low humidity has increased the risk of spreading fires.
    "It's like two weeks ago spring just stopped," VanSant said.
    "We haven't had the usual spring showers, and until we get rain
    we're going to be in the same situation."
    Several counties are 2 to 3 inches below normal precipitation
    for the month of March, while others, including Mobile, are 5
    inches below normal.
    "It just hasn't rained," said Jim Westland, a National Weather
    Service meteorologist, who predicted little to no rain until the
    end of the month. "March is typically our rainiest month."
    Westland said rain, though scarce, has fallen on the
    northwestern part of the state, but seemingly skipped the southern
    and northeastern areas.
    The forestry commission says it will not issue any burn permits
    to residents or allow any private burning.

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    Today looks like another bad day for northern Cleburne County.
    At noon today 4 fire departments and 6 tractors were out on fires north of highway 78.

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    This is a first, a capture made by an aircraft:
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    Grand Bay man charged in wildfires


    MOBILE -- A Grand Bay man faces arson charges related to wildfires set last month near Bayou La Batre. Douglas Adrian Goodrum, 58, was arrested Friday after an investigation by the Alabama Forestry Commission and the Mobile County Sheriff's Department.
    Goodrum was charged after a fire detection pilot saw a suspicious vehicle near the fires and followed the truck until law enforcement officers could intercept the driver.

    If convicted, Goodrum faces up to 10 years in prison and a $5,000 fine.
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