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Virginia’s fall wildlife season underway

Virginia’s fall wildfire season began Saturday. The Virginia Department of Forestry cautions everyone to be extra careful when burning yard debris, or enjoying a campfire or backyard fire pit.

VDOF has forestry staff assigned to every county across the state who work with local fire departments to provide emergency response to protect people, property and our natural resources. While there is no statewide 4 p.m. burn ban this fall, be sure to always check with local fire officials in your area for possible regional restrictions or bans.

In Virginia, debris burning is the leading cause of wildfires. This time of year, burning leaves, branches and other yard waste is common. Dry grass and leaves, low humidity and windy conditions create favorable conditions for wildfires.

When planning to burn yard debris, always keep safety in mind:—Avoid burning on dry, windy days;—Keep your pile small;—Have a rake or shovel on hand;—Keep a charged water hose nearby;—Have a phone ready to cal...

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