FROM THE OFFICE OF THE ALABAMA EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, November 20, 2016
Additional Support from an Alabama National Guard Unit has been Deployed to Assist in the DeKalb County Firefighting Effort
Clanton- At the request of Governor Bentley, additional support from the Alabama National Guard Unit has been deployed to assist in DeKalb County to help the Alabama Forestry Commission in battling wildfire in Mentone, Alabama.
Previously, the National Guard supplied three soldiers and one UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter, which was tasked with aerial water delivery in support of the Alabama Forestry Commission’s fire suppression efforts. The Governor has approved an additional UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter and personnel to support the continued effort.
A statewide burn ban is still in place and Alabama is currently offering a $5,000 reward to anyone who provides information leading to the arrest and conviction of a person who is responsible for setting wildfires. To report persons burning in violation of this law, contact your local law enforcement. For more information on the current wildfire situation in the state, visit Alabama Forestry Commission’s website at www.forestry.alabama.gov.