Parts of Walker County in moderate drought

By ED HOWELL
Posted 7/12/19

Walker County is now in a moderate drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor's weekly report. The report, which comes out on Thursday mornings and is effective for the preceding Tuesday, …

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Parts of Walker County in moderate drought

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Walker County is now in a moderate drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor's weekly report. 

The report, which comes out on Thursday mornings and is effective for the preceding Tuesday, showed that a moderate drought stretched over the middle of the county to the southern end, while the other half of the county was still abnormally dry.

Also, the moderate drought was in a small section of eastern Fayette County and northern and eastern sections of of Tuscaloosa County. The southwestern part of Jefferson, as well as parts of Shelby, Bibb and Chilton County, were also affected. 

Southeastern Alabama was also affected by moderate and severe drought. The U.S. Drought Monitor noted abnormal dryness expanded northeast Alabama. 

The amount of the state not affected by any drought conditions fell again to about 55 percent of the state, down from about 60 percent. A total of 45 percent is abnormally dry, up from 40 percent last week. 

Severe drought such as in Walker County rose in the state from about 8 percent of Alabama to 10.37 percent. Only about 3 percent is in severe drought, and no areas are in extreme drought. 

The Alabama Forestry Commission reported as of Thursday only four wildfires in the county over the past month, all of which are under control and which burned 36.5 acres. Two burned in the previous seven days, burning a half acre.