Forest Officials Warn About Fires

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Firefighters across the state are on high alert.

The Virginia Department of Forestry says conditions are ripe for wildfires through this weekend.

Above average temperatures, low humidity levels and high winds have increased the fire threat.

The DOF discourages anyone from burning brush or debris this weekend. Such fires are the number one cause of wildfires in Virginia.

New Hope firefighter Greg Norman says, "It's gorgeous weather. We want everyone to have fun, but on a safe level. Make sure, if you have an outdoor barbecue, that grass isn't right up next to it or covered in leaves. Catch your drippings because you don't want anything dropping down and catching a fire."

The statewide burn rule is still in effect. The law states that people cannot burn before 4 p.m. if you are within 300 feet of woodland, brushland or fields with dry grass.