Dry Weather Means Higher Risk for Fires


With temperatures warming up this weekend, many people were outside enjoying the weather. However, weather like this can mean more of a threat for fires.

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ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) -- With temperatures warming up this weekend, many people were outside enjoying the weather. However, weather like this can mean more of a threat for fires.

Local fire crews are warning that if you're going to sit by a campfire to be careful.

Rockingham County Fire and Rescue crews recently contained a grass fire in Elkton. Workers say the snow helped to put the fire out. In Rockingham County, people have to have a permit to burn. Recently, burn bans have been in place in the county due to the weather.

"Conditions for a fire are just the right mixture, the humidity the wind and the dryness does bring a chance for a fire. There's folks that don't go ahead and do camping, but they do camping types of fire, please be very mindful of them, keep them contained in your pits," said Chief Jeremy Holloway, with Rockingham County Fire and Rescue.

County residents can't burn until after 4 p.m. If a fire does break out as a result of illegal burning, you could be facing hundreds of dollars worth of fines.


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