Thursday, June 21, 2007

Over 3000 fires...

According to the Alabama Forestry Commission there have been 3000 wildfires in Alabama since the beginning of the year.
Here is an exerpt from an article in the Cullman Times:
Despite statewide news reports that as many as a third of this year’s estimated 3,000 wildfires in Alabama were the result of arson, local officials say they have no ongoing arson investigations.In a story reported by The Associated Press Monday, a spokesperson for the Alabama Forestry Commission said about 1,300 wildfires occurring in the state since Jan. 1 were set intentionally by arsonists....According the National Weather Service in Huntsville, as of Monday, Cullman County was about 18 inches below normal for rainfall this year, making the first half of 2007 the driest in more than a century and classifying much of North Alabama in “exceptional drought,” this highest classification.

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