Over 1000 acres have burned today in the Talladega National Forest. The fire appears to be caused by humans and heightened by the drought.
According to James Spann “Today is the 43rd consecutive day without rain for Birmingham; the record streak is 52 days set in 1924. Model data is showing little chance of significant rain for the next seven days, and drought conditions will continue to worsen.”
Also, a Colonial gas pipeline explosion in Helena has prompted another fire and several injured several people.
Shelby County is asking residents along County Road 13 for a voluntary evacuation due to the heavy smoke.
With the cooler evening air, the smoke will no longer be able to rise and could cause respiratory problems in the area.
In addition, please stay off County Road 13 in the area for firefighters, emergency crews and evacuees can move freely.
.According to Alabama WX Weather Blog “There are conflicting reports, but somewhere 8-9 people were injured, some seriously, in the explosion that happened around 3 p.m. UAB reports 4 patients at their facility, with two more enroute.
Please take extra precautions by not starting campfires and not throwing cigarette butts.