Fire Alert Issued for Alabama

Fire Alert Issued for Alabama

Posted: 09/25/2019

The Alabama Forestry Commission (AFC) has upgraded the recent Fire Danger Advisory to a statewide Fire Alert effective immediately. While under a Fire Alert, permits for outdoor burning will be restricted and issued on an individual basis at the discretion of the State Forester. Anyone who burns a field, grassland, or woodland without a burn permit may be subject to prosecution for committing a Class B misdemeanor.

This burning restriction is being issued because of the current drought situation, continued lack of precipitation, and high probability of fuel ignition. With this extremely dry weather, conditions are such that any fire can quickly spread out of control, not only resulting in damage to our forests but also threatening lives and destroying property. Over the last week, AFC wildland firefighters have responded to 182 wildfires across Alabama, burning approximately 2,608 acres. These numbers include a 470-acre fire in Talladega County, one for 391 acres in DeKalb County, and several which were over 100 acres, but they do not reflect the numerous fires suppressed by volunteer fire departments (VFDs) across the state. The local VFDs are great partners to the AFC in times of high fire occurrence.

This Fire Alert will remain in effect until rescinded by the State Forester, at which time conditions will have changed sufficiently to reduce the occurrence and frequency of wildfires. To report a wildfire, call the Alabama Forestry Commission at (800) 392-5679. For more information on the current wildfire situation in the state or any other forestry-related issues, contact your local AFC office or visit the agency website at www.forestry.alabama.gov/Pages/Fire/Totals.aspx. The Alabama Forestry Commission is the state agency committed to protecting Alabama’s invaluable forest assets as well as its citizens.

ELMORE COUNTY IS UNDER AN EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING UNTIL 9:00 P.M. TUESDAY

ELMORE COUNTY IS UNDER AN EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING UNTIL 9:00 P.M. TUESDAY

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Including the cities of Selma, Prattville, Fort Deposit,
Hayneville, Wetumpka, Tallassee, Montgomery, Tuskegee,
Union Springs, Phenix City, Troy, and Eufaula
219 PM CDT Mon Aug 12 2019

…EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 PM CDT TUESDAY…

The National Weather Service in Birmingham has issued an
Excessive Heat Warning, which is in effect until 9 PM CDT
Tuesday. The Heat Advisory is no longer in effect.

* TEMPERATURES…will climb into the middle and upper 90s Today
and Tuesday. Heat indices will range from 108 to 115 each
afternoon.

* Impacts…of the high temperatures could cause heat stroke or
heat exhaustion.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

Take extra precautions…if you work or spend time outside. When
possible…reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or
evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat
stroke. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when
possible and drink plenty of water.

To reduce risk during outdoor work…the occupational safety and
health administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks
in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat
should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an
emergency…call 9 1 1.

An Excessive Heat Warning means that a prolonged period of
dangerously hot temperatures will occur. The combination of hot
temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a dangerous
situation in which heat illnesses are likely. Drink plenty of
fluids…stay in an air-conditioned room…stay out of the sun…
and check up on relatives and neighbors.

Young children and pets should never be left unattended in
vehicles under any circumstances. This is especially true during
warm or hot weather when car interiors can reach lethal
temperatures in a matter of minutes.

Second TORNADO WARNING FOR ELMORE COUNTY..EXPIRES AT 3:30 P.M.

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ALC051-101-192130-

/O.NEW.KBMX.TO.W.0009.190119T2044Z-190119T2130Z/

 

BULLETIN – EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED

Tornado Warning

National Weather Service Birmingham AL

244 PM CST SAT JAN 19 2019

 

The National Weather Service in Birmingham has issued a

 

* Tornado Warning for…

Central Elmore County in east central Alabama…

North central Montgomery County in south central Alabama…

 

* Until 330 PM CST.

 

* At 244 PM CST, a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado

was located over Bob Woodruff Lake, or near Millbrook, moving

northeast at 55 mph.

 

HAZARD…Tornado.

 

SOURCE…Radar indicated rotation.

 

IMPACT…Flying debris will be dangerous to those caught without

shelter. Mobile homes will be damaged or destroyed.

Damage to roofs, windows, and vehicles will occur.  Tree

damage is likely.

 

* Locations impacted include…

Northern Montgomery, Wetumpka, Tallassee, Elmore, Coosada,

Eclectic, Montgomery Zoo, Boylston, Santuck, Bob Woodruff Lake,

Emerald Mountain, Dexter, Lagoon Park, Montgomery Riverwalk

Stadium, Blue Ridge, Gunter Air Force Base, Southern Lake Martin,

Jordan Lake, Wetumpka Municipal Airport and Wallsboro.

 

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

 

TAKE COVER NOW! Move to a basement or an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building. Avoid windows. If you are outdoors, in a mobile home, or in a vehicle, move to the closest substantial shelter and protect yourself from flying debris.

 

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LAT…LON 3237 8633 3259 8635 3275 8589 3275 8588

3274 8588 3273 8589 3271 8589 3269 8591

3266 8591 3265 8589 3251 8589

TIME…MOT…LOC 2044Z 240DEG 49KT 3247 8630

 

TORNADO…RADAR INDICATED

HAIL…<.75IN

 

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Are You Ready for a Hurricane?

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Atlantic hurricane season still expected to be strongest since 2012

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Forecasters now predict a 70% chance of 12 – 17 named storms, 5-8 to become hurricanes and 2-4 will become major hurricanes.

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As we move into the peak of hurricane season. Elmore County EMA want to make sure you have a “Hurricane Preparedness Plan” .

Just because you don’t live on the coast, doesn’t mean you won’t be effected by a Hurricane. Storm surge is really the only product of a hurricane not felt inland.

Tornados are a threat out in front of hurricanes, but the main threat is that Hurricanes produce heavy rainfall. This rainfall can last for days, causing widespread flooding. Please “Turn Around – Don’t Drown”. Watch this video

For more information on Preparedness explore ore website at http://www.elmorecoema.org

For more information on Hurricanes visit http://www.fema.gov/hurricanes

For more information about the 2016 Hurricane Season click here More Information