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Last updated 8:20AM ET
March 6, 2021
Drought, Heat Promote Wildfires
(APR - Alabama Public Radio ) - The searing temperatures are making it more difficult for firefighters to battle a recent outbreak of wildfires statewide.

According to the Alabama Forestry Commission, 25 fires erupted Saturday and burned more than 1,300 acres. Most of the blazes were in central and north Alabama. In the first 12 days of August, 130 fires have charred 2,500 acres.

State foresters could reinstitute a burn ban this week. Experts have said August could be one of the most active months for wildfires in years.

Spokeswoman Coleen Vansant said the commission is looking at the fire numbers and the U-S Drought Monitor Survey before making a final decision.

The next drought survey is due to be released Thursday.

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