Dry weather could mean trouble for fire crews

By Sunni Blevins - bio | email
Posted by Shawn Maclauchlan

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Richmond police and fire crews responded to several overnight brush fires near Hollywood Cemetery.

They believe campfires might be to blame.

This all happened around midnight Monday night. No one was hurt.

This time, the fires weren't serious, but they serve as an important reminder.

Though we have finally gotten a little bit of relief from the heat, your brown yard and wilting plants should help remind you that we are still seeing very dry conditions here in central Virginia.

Even with a chance of rain in the forecast this week, Hanover County leaders have not backed off a burn ban issued earlier this month.

Dry conditions make it too dangerous to allow burning of any kind - as we've already seen the damage that can quickly spread like with the fire in Henrico County.

Fire crews worry about rural areas in particular.

"Especially in the farm areas where people might burn their crops to put nutrients into the soil, just wait," said Hanover Battalion Chief William Jones. "I would just wait until conditions are more friendly to have fires."

Breaking the burn ban in Hanover could cost you $500 per violation.

But remember, even if a ban is not in effect where you live, the weather and fires just really don't mix right now.

If you start a fire for any reason, make sure to stay safe - keep a water source close by and make sure the fire is out when you're done.

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