Virginia Should Prepare For 'Severe' Fall Wildfire Season, Governor Says

October 16, 2019

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said fall wildfire season in Virginia starts this week and could be one of the most severe seasons in years. 

Northam said the lack of rain, dry weather conditions and high temperatures across the state could result in more wildfire activity this fall. 

The season starts Oct. 15 and ends Nov. 30. 

“We all have a responsibility to do our part to prevent wildfires, and now is the time for Virginians learn about how they can reduce wildfire risks and ensure the safety of their homes, families, and communities,” Northam said in a statement. 

Thirty-nine Virginia cities have initiated burn bans, the governor’s office said in a news release. 

Human activity causes more than 95 percent of wildfires in Virginia, Bettina Ring, the state’s secretary of agriculture and forestry, said. 

To prevent wildfires, Northam urges residents to keep burn piles small, have water nearby, never leave a fire unattended and never burn on windy days. 

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