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governor of Alabama has issued a burn ban, prohibiting the burning of materials outside. The ban will go into effect on Thursday morning due to drought-like conditions and the risk of extremely dangerous fires. The Alabama Forestry Commission has responded to hundreds of wildfires in the past two weeks. They are primarily concerned about the dry weather and high wind events, as these conditions, combined with a spark, could lead to catastrophic fires.

It is important to note that fires can be sparked not only by deliberate burns, but also by equipment use or accidental sparks from cutting grass. Despite rain in the forecast, it will not be enough to alleviate the drought. The burn ban will remain in place until it is rescinded by the state. Violating the ban can result in a class C misdemeanor..

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