October 12, 2007
Federal officials have banned campfires in the George Washington and Jefferson National forests.
The ban begins Saturday and runs through December 14th. The ban also applies to stoves and grills that use charcoal or wood.
Extremely dry conditions stemming from lack of rain have prompted the ban. Escaped campfires are the third leading cause of forest fires. Federal forestry officials say the George Washington and Jefferson forests have been in a continuous fire season since early 2006, having 18 fires in the last 21 months.