Friday, June 01, 2007

Fire, smoke, and drought continue in Bama

Land Trust Blames Campfires for blazes Huntsville Times
No camping, fires allowed on group's property
The Land Trust of Huntsville and North Alabama is cracking down on illegal campfires after three recent forest fires in south Huntsville. Andy Prewett, the group's land manager, spent Wednesday inspecting damage from a May 20 fire in the Land Trust's Green Mountain preserve. It charred about half an acre near Montcrest Road before being doused by Huntsville and Green Mountain firefighters, he said.

Haze expected to return
Cullman Times
Widespread haze from wildfires in southeastern Georgia and northeastern Florida is expected to return to Cullman County again today, according to the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Huntsville.

Up in smoke in Alabama Decatur Daily

Alabama is so dry that a spark from a flat tire can close part of an interstate highway.

Drought continues, relief not likely
Scottsboro Daily Sentinel
Jackson County’s weather, like most of the southeastern United States, is like being stuck in a rut. It’s hot, dry. And there doesn’t appear to be an end in sight. The first mention of rain in the forecast is Saturday when a 20 percent chance of scattered afternoon showers and thunderstorms enters the picture. That chance increases to 30 percent on Sunday before dropping back to 20 percent Monday.

Forecast shows little relief for state Montgomery Advertiser
The weather in central Alabama just seems to get more arid by the day.
Drought conditions statewide are the worst in half a century. May is shaping up to be the driest on record, and there doesn't seem to be any relief in sight.

Skimpy harvest Decatur Daily
The drought is delaying growth of mostly beans and potato crops of farmers who do not irrigate and who sell their produce at the Morgan County-Decatur Farmer's Market.

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