MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- Forestry officials say dry weather, low humidity and gusty winds are increasing the risk of wildfires in Alabama.
The Alabama Forestry Commission says 57 fires burned a total of 684 acres statewide in the last week, and more blazes are starting daily. The threat isn't expected to decrease anytime soon since the weather forecast doesn't include much rain for the state over the next 10 days.
The agency says the situation is even worse than normal because more than 90 percent of the trees destroyed by tornadoes last year are still on the ground. In all, twisters damaged about 205,000 acres of timeberland statewide.
The forestry commission is urging extreme caution when doing any outside burning.