skip to main content
skip to newscasts

Saturday, March 2, 2024

Public News Service Logo
facebook instagram linkedin reddit youtube twitter
view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

As Congress and presidential candidates trade accusations over immigration reform, advocates and experts urge caution in spreading misinformation; Alabama takes new action IVF policy following controversial court decision; and central states urge caution with wildfires brewing.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

Congress reaches a deal to avoid a partial government shutdown again. Arizona Republicans want to ensure Trump remains on their state ballot and Senate Democrats reintroduce the John Lewis Voting Rights Act.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

Hard times could be ahead for rural school districts that spent federal pandemic money on teacher salaries, a former Oregon lumber community drafts a climate-action plan and West Virginians may soon buy raw milk from squeaky-clean cows.

Rain eases fire restrictions in Alabama

play audio
Play

Thursday, November 23, 2023   

Some Alabama residents can breathe a sigh of relief as rain showers have finally brought an end to a statewide fire ban.

The Alabama Forestry Commission lifted burn restrictions in 33 counties in the southern half of the state on Wednesday. However, Alabama is not in the clear just yet. Fire officials in the northern half of the state say 23 counties will transition from a no burn order to a less restrictive fire alert.

Rick Oates, state forester, said some unsafe conditions still exist.

"Those three factors; the drought, the humidity and the wind; it creates a big potential for fires and creates fire," Oates outlined. " Strange fire behavior that is not predictable as what we would normally encounter in a fire."

While the rainfall has brought much-needed relief for many areas, 11 counties, including Blount, Calhoun, Cherokee, Clay, Cleburne, Etowah, Jefferson, Randolph, Shelby, St. Clair, and Talladega, still remain under the no burn order due to low moisture levels and persistent drought conditions. Oates added burn permits will only be issued to prescribed burn managers.

Since the beginning of October, Alabama has seen nearly 800 wildfires, consuming almost 8,000 acres of land. Oates pointed out each blaze firefighters gear up for puts a strain on limited resources and increases the risk for crews. With this in mind, they urged people to be cautious and follow local fire restrictions.

"Just like with a structural house fire, you know, when somebody goes in there to fight that fire, it's dangerous," Oates explained." Our guys out there in the woods fighting fires, it's a danger too. And, you know, we just ask people to really think about what they're doing and don't take any unnecessary risks."

He emphasized they have about 180 firefighters on staff and work closely with five departments across the state. The current burn restrictions will be in effect until Oates determines conditions have improved.


get more stories like this via email

more stories
House Bill passed with an overwhelming vote of 94-6, with three abstentions. Its companion, Senate Bill 159, passed unanimously with a vote of 34-0. (Chad Robertson/Adobe Stock)

Health and Wellness

play sound

The Alabama House and Senate both passed bills this week that would help people resume in vitro fertilization and provide legal protections for provid…


Social Issues

play sound

A new report finds some Missouri laws and prospective laws are perceived as discriminatory regardless of their actual intent - and it outlines some bi…

Environment

play sound

By Frank Jossi for Energy News Network.Broadcast version by Mike Moen for Minnesota News Connection reporting for the Joyce Foundation-Public News Ser…


Grants Pass, Oregon, is a rural community with a sustainability plan. However, local officials say the lack of dedicated staff to secure federal grants threatens the plan's success. (Claire Carlson/The Daily Yonder)

Environment

play sound

By Claire Carlson, John Upton and Kaitlyn Trudeau for The Daily Yonder.Broadcast version by Mark Richardson for Oregon News Service for the Public …

Social Issues

play sound

A new Network for Public Education report grades Florida an "F" for its public school funding. As Florida lawmakers negotiate the state budget in …

In a recent NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll, 57% of Americans, including 84% of Democrats and 55% of independents, think America's openness to people from all over the world is essential to who we are as a nation. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

play sound

As members of Congress and presidential candidates battle it out over immigration, a group of Nevada leaders and experts dedicated to advancing …

Social Issues

play sound

A bill in Olympia would open access to unemployment while workers are on strike, but time is running out for lawmakers to pass the legislation…

Social Issues

play sound

With Pennsylvania's primary election less than 60 days away, a nonpartisan group is stepping up the pace to educate people on voting by mail and by …

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021