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Frost advisory issued for area

Published 7:25pm Friday, October 29, 2010

Residents in the Lake Martin will wake up Saturday morning to something they haven’t seen in more than six months – frost.

The National Weather Service in Birmingham issued a frost advisory for Saturday morning until 9 a.m.

For those who don’t prepare for the frost, it could mean that some plants will die as a result of the cold weather.

So Shane Harris, regional extension agent for Tallapoosa County, recommended that residents make temporary or permanent arrangements to protect sensitive plants.

“This is the time of year where you need to think about bringing your potted plants indoors overnight or over the long term until next spring,” Harris said. “Unprotected plants will get burned with a frost like we’re expected to have.”

The types of plants affected by the frost include annuals, perennials, citrus plants and any potted plants. For those who want to protect flowerbeds or other outdoor plants, Harris recommended covering it with a sheet, not plastic.

“Plastic will burn the plants when it comes in contact with it,” Harris said. “The best thing to use when covering plants is a sheet or a blanket.”

In addition to the cold, the rainfall receive this week wasn’t enough to lift the state’s fire alert.

Although the state has received up to 4 inches of rain this week, it was not enough to warrant lifting the existing Fire Alert, according to the Alabama Forestry Commission.

State Forester Linda Casey said Friday that rainfall amounts should hold the fire situation down for approximately 24 to 36 hours unless additional rain is received.

In the last 30 days the state has battled 787 wildfires that have burned 8,049 acres. In this calendar year 2,695 fires have burned around 32,437 acres.

Debris burning and illegal residential trash burning continue to be the leading causes of wildfires. The Commission strongly recommends that citizens postpone all outdoor burning until conditions have changed sufficiently to reduce the frequency and severity of wildfires.

Also, a red flag warning is in effect for Saturday. A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity and warm temperatures will create explosive fire growth potential.

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