Wildland Fires Still Real Threat

May 1, 2007

Despite the spring fire season ending on Monday, the Virginia Department of Forestry warned that conditions are still ripe for wildland fires.

The director of the department, John Miller, warns that while many parts of Virginia have experienced a 'green-up,' there are still areas that are vulnerable to wildland fires.

Between January 1st and April 30th, VDOF responded to 878 wildland fires that burned more than 7,400 acres. Those fires damaged nine homes and other structures.

Miller urges anyone planning to burn to properly prepare by clearing the area around the place to be burned, have available sufficient water and hand tools, such as a shovel or rake, and burn only with conditions of high humidity and low wind speeds.

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