Strong winds and dry conditions fueled several fires across parts of Virginia, including a 200-acre blaze in Dinwiddie County.
The Dinwiddie fire was reported about 11:30 a.m., and officials said it was nearly contained by evening. One shed was destroyed by the fire. It's unclear what ignited the blaze.
Several fires were reported in the Richmond area, including at a home in eastern Henrico that was destroyed after a fuel tank apparently exploded. A neighbor rescued a woman who lived at the home, and no one was injured, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch. A nearby child-care center was evacuated as a precaution.
Virginia's fire season starts Tuesday, as does an outdoor burning ban. State law prohibits burning anything before 4 p.m. if the fire is within 300 feet of woodland, brush or fields.
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