Current Burn Restrictions

Alabama Forestry Commission Burn Restrictions

Currently there is no Alabama Forestry Commission Fire Alert or Drought Emergency issued. State Forester Greg Pate is still urging everyone to use all necessary safety precautions when doing any type of outdoor burning.
To obtain a Burn Permit contact the Alabama Forestry Commission dispatch center for your county.

Local County and City laws may also restrict outdoor burning.  Burners are responsible for contacting their local government for additional information.

ADEM Burning Bans

To assist in meeting regional air quality standards the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) implements summer open burning bans from May 1st thru October 31st in twelve Alabama counties: Baldwin, DeKalb, Etowah, Jefferson, Lawrence, Madison, Mobile, Montgomery, Morgan, Shelby, Russell and Talladega Counties.

What is banned? The open burning of untreated wood from construction or demolition and the open burning of vegetation from clearing or maintaining non-agricultural property. “Prescribed burning of agricultural or forestlands for silvicultural, agricultural or wildlife management purposes is allowed under the AFC Burn Permits for these counties.”

For more information contact Lud Hoffmann at 334-271-7879

Note: Jefferson County bans agricultural burning during these 6 months.

Additional Information:

- Fire Warning Descriptions
- National Weather Service - Watches, Warnings & Advisories 
- USDA Forest Service - National Forests in Alabama
- Alabama Department of Environmental Management