Extreme Drought Conditions Allow Multiple Grass Fires Across Cullman County

Brush Fires Keep Cullman County Fire Departments Busy Over Weekend

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Brush Fires Keep Cullman County Fire Departments Busy Over Weekend

Multiple grass, brush, and woodland fires plagued Cullman County over the weekend.

Most blazes were manageable in size and quickly extinguished by the rapid response of county fire departments from Joppa to Logan. At least one larger, more challenging fire required the assistance of Alabama Forestry Commission.

One such runaway brush fire destroyed a mobile home in Walter on Friday: http://cullmantoday.com/2018/01/17/runaway-brush-fire-destroys-multiple-acres-mobile-home/

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Very late Sunday night, Logan Fire & Rescue was called out on a sagebrush field fire along the 500 block of County Road 842.

Destroyed in that blaze were 6 acres before multiple firefighting personnel with modern apparatus got it under control and suppressed.

The extremely low humidities and dewpoints of the last few weeks have dried out vegetation to levels not seen since the drought we experienced in the fall of 2016.

The most recent United States Drought Monitor data for Cullman County places us in the ‘Abnormally Dry’ category.

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Severe drought conditions are very nearby in western Jefferson and eastern Tuscaloosa Counties.

Monday’s rains will provide a temporary, superficial solution for dry vegetation. However, until we experience soaking spring rains and see a sustained increase in atmospheric moisture levels, the prospect of more frequent grass, brush, woodland fires will be very real.

As a result, everyone needs to be aware of these dry conditions. Being more attentive and judicious when doing outdoor burning of any kind is wise and greatly appreciated by firefighters across Cullman County.

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Brush Fires Keep Cullman County Fire Departments Busy Over Weekend

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Timothy Collins

Timothy brings an insightful holistic perspective as well as a mountain man tenacity to his various roles at Cullman Today. You can reach him at cullmantoday@gmail.com.

Timothy brings an insightful holistic perspective as well as a mountain man tenacity to his various roles at Cullman Today. You can reach him at cullmantoday@gmail.com.