Firefighters: Don't burn Friday or Saturday

By Melissa Correa- bio | email
Posted by Erica Jones  - email

RICHMOND, VA ( WWBT) - Today and tomorrow, firefighters are asking you to be cautious!

Although you can legally burn between the hours of 4:00 p.m. and midnight, this weekend a red flag fire warning is expected.

The ground is already dry, and even if you water your lawn, firefighters say gusty winds can dry the top of grass pretty quickly. With dry and windy weather expected today and tomorrow, firefighters say contained flames can carry causing the fire to spread quickly.

The same weather conditions were in place when 176 acres burned in Dinwiddie earlier this week. It took fire crews all day to put out those flames.

Fires popped up all across our area this week, including in Richmond and Chesterfield where the flames on a burning pizza box ended up destroying a house.

Under the burn restriction you're allowed to burn between the hours of 4 p.m. and midnight, but Richmond firefighter David Creasy advises residents to avoid doing so.

"We need people to refrain from any type of outdoor burning," said Creasy. "They need to be mindful of their cigarettes. Please don't just throw them out of the window, because the winds not only affect that fire starting, but they really hamper us in our ability to extinguish a fire."

If your controlled burn goes wild, you are liable for the cost of putting out the fire, and any property damage. Breaking the burn restrictions can lead to a $500 fine.

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