July 7, 2010
The Virginia Department of Forestry is reminding people that dry weather and extreme heat increases the chance of brush fires.
The department strongly advises people to postpone any outdoor burning. They say that if a fire gets out of hand, you're responsible for the cost of putting it out.
They also advise people to stay with any outdoor fires they have set until they are sure the fire is completely out.
"We're ahead of the number of fires from last year. Last year was a below-average year with moisture," said Fred Turck of the Virginia Department of Forestry.
While forestry officials don't advise burning right now, the state law does allow burning after 4 p.m.