Burn Ban Lifted for Tuscaloosa County
December 5, 2016
The no-burn notice that was put into effect on November 7, 2016 was repealed today, thanks to a few storm systems in late November and early December dropping several inches of rainfall over the state. What this means for Tuscaloosa County is that outdoor burning is allowed again, but residents still need to take caution. Suggested safety procedures for outdoor burning include: not leaving a fire unattended until it is completely out, having necessary people and equipment to control an active fire, having a garden hose or other water supply nearby, and following all rules concerning burn permits.
Tuscaloosa County received an average of 2.75" of rainfall for the month of November, most of which fell during the last week of the month. Totals across the county varied from 1.5" to as high as 4". It's been a rainy start to December as well. Tuscaloosa County has received almost 2.5" of rain since the start of the month, and forecasts show more rain in the forecast.
All of this rainfall is good news for Tuscaloosa's drought, but it is important for residents to remember that even with all of the rain received in the past couple of weeks, the county is still within a level 4 - exceptional drought. As of December 3, the county is still over 13" below average rainfall for the year. While all rainfall received helps, it will take several more rainy days to alleviate the drought in the county.
Because of this, the Alabama Forestry Commission will continue to monitor ground moisture levels throughout the state. If the ground fuels become exceptionally dry again like earlier in the fall, it may be necessary to re-issue Fire Alerts or a No Burn Order for affected areas. More information on current fire and burn statements can be found at the Alabama Forestry Commission.