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Posted on: October 30, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Fire Weather Watch issued, burning highly discouraged

Fire Weather Watch

The National Weather Service has issued a "Fire Weather Watch" that includes Etowah County. This watch will be in effect from 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31, until 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1.

With the current conditions, the Fire Marshal of the City of Gadsden is highly discouraging ANY burning within the city limits of Gadsden. This includes burning of leaves, trees and shrubs, campfires, or any type of refuse. Any reports of burning could result in fines or other penalties.

The normal restriction from ADEM for no burning during the summer months is lifted on Nov. 1, but due to the current conditions, NO BURN PERMITS will be issued until conditions are favorable to allow burning.

 A Fire Weather Watch means that critical fire weather conditions are forecasted to occur. These include winds of 10 to 15 mph and humidity as low as 20 to 25%.

Also, on Oct. 27, the Alabama Forestry Commission re-issued a Fire Alert for all 67 counties in the state. The northern 32 counties, including Etowah County, were listed as "No Burn Permits" to be issued.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact the Fire Marshal's Office at 256-549-4572. To report any burning, please call 911.

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