Texas wildfires are burning out of control and now it appears that they are about to reach the state of Alabama.
On Wednesday, the Alabama Department of Forestry and Fire Protection announced that it was declaring a State of Emergency and ordering all of the state’s counties to evacuate.
“Firefighters have reported that the fire is moving toward the north-central portion of the State of Alabama and will reach the Birmingham area within the next 24 hours,” the agency said.
“The Alabama Department will be providing the public with information on road closures and firefighting actions, including those to be taken during this incident.”
The ALDFP said that there is a 50% chance of a flash fire to form, with the blaze moving toward Birmingham.
A second fire burning near the same location was also reported, though the blaze was contained within 24 hours.
The ALDPF said that “there is a 40% chance that there will be at least one containment fire in the Alabama Valley and the danger of fire in that area remains high.”
As of 11:15 p.m.
ET on Wednesday, more than 2,000 firefighters and more than 40,000 acres had been destroyed in the state, according to the ALDFW.