Drought Conditions Lead To Increase In Forest Fires

August 15, 2007

Drought conditions in Virginia have lead to a large increase in forest fires this summer according to the Virginia Department of Forestry.

Compared to the same time last year between June 1st and August 14th 169 fires have burned through 970 acres. Last summer only 55 fires burned through 192 acres.

The drought index for many parts of the state is over 500. The scale tops out at 800 for desert conditions. John Miller, director of resource protection for the Department of Forestry says a significant number of fires were also caused by people burning debris, which is typically the leading cause of forest fires.

Miller said that Virginia typically averages about $15 million in damage to forests by fire each year.

The comments sections of Newsplex.com are designed for thoughtful, intelligent conversation and debate. We want to hear from our viewers, but we ask that you follow our rules for commenting. E-mail is required to comment on a story, but it will not be displayed with your comment. For complete rules, CLICK HERE. The Newsplex reserves the right to not post or to remove any comment.
powered by Disqus
The Charlottesville Newsplex 999 2nd Street S.E. Charlottesville, VA 22902 434.242.1919 – Main 434.220.7522 - Newsroom
Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 9176952 - newsplex.com/a?a=9176952
Gray Television, Inc.