Oct. 2, 2013
The fall fire season begins in the Commonwealth on October 15, and officials at the Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) are reminding everyone to be cautious.
Officials say the threat of wildfire increases each autumn as leaves dry out and fall from trees, grasses turn brown, humidity levels drop and winds increase.
“Wildfires are directly linked to weather conditions,” said John Miller, director of resource protection at VDOF. “Whether it’s someone burning debris or trash, an unattended campfire or an intentional case of arson, wildfires have a greater chance of causing bodily harm or property damage in the fall and spring months because the conditions are right for fires to burn hotter and spread faster.”
Each year, Virginia experiences more than 1,200 wildfires that burn more than 10,000 acres of land.
Miller said, “As more than 95 percent of wildfires that occur in Virginia are the result of human activity, taking even the simplest precautions with outdoor fires will significantly reduce the occurrence of wildfires and the threat to you and your neighbors.”
Click on the link below to learn more about what you can do to reduce the risk of wildfires.
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