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High fire danger in Virginia

Escalated fire weather conditions will be present over the Commonwealth of Virginia today and Thursday, according to the Virginia Department of Forestry.

“Strong, dry winds will combine with above-normal temperatures and low relative humidity to increase the potential for fast-spreading wildfires,” said John Miller, director of resource protection for the Virginia Department of Forestry.   “Wildfires occurring under these conditions represent a dangerous threat to people and property. Care should be used when considering any outdoor activities that could lead to an accidental fire start,” Miller said.

The Virginia Department of Forestry has wildland firefighting resources across Virginia and is working with local response departments to monitor the situation closely.

State Forester Bettina Ring said, “Vigilance and preventative measures are encouraged against human-caused wildfires, the leading cause of wildfires in the Commonwealth.  We ...

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