Alabama state forester Linda Casey visited Sumter County Thursday. She said she's heard statistics that this is the worst drought since the early 1900s. Alabama has been under a fire alert for two weeks.
"When you're looking at parts of the state that are as much as 20 inches or better below average rainfall, it's going to take a lot of rain, and that's generally from one or several tropical storms," Casey said.
Casey said state officials are very concerned about lost timber and the survival of seedlings. She said she visited one site recently that had already lost about 90 percent of what was planted.