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4 p.m. burn law in effect until April 30

With spring fully underway, the Virginia Department of Forestry reminds Virginians that the 4 p.m. burning law, which restricts open-air burning of any kind until after 4 p.m., remains in effect through April 30.

Last month, VDOF responded to more than 150 wildfires that burned approximately 1,400 acres. Suppression efforts by VDOF and firefighters since the start of this year are credited with saving more than 170 homes and buildings, with an estimated protected value in the millions.

“April is one of Virginia’s busiest months in terms of wildfire activity each year,” said VDOF Director of Fire and Emergency Response John Miller. “As we enter April, days are increasingly warm and windy. When these conditions combine with lower humidity, fire danger increases dramatically. If you plan on doing any outdoor burning, take the proper precautions.”

Unsafe equipment is a common cause of wildfires. Avoid driving through or parking on dry grass or brush, as hot exhaust pipes can set ...

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