ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) On Friday, Roanoke County, Vinton, Martinsville, Henry County, and Giles County issued burn bans. On Thursday, Danville, Pittsylvania County, and Alleghany County did the same.
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Patrick County, Franklin County, Botetourt County, and Craig County have also put burn bans in place.
Also, no charcoal fires or campfires are allowed along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Floyd County, Montgomery County and Christiansburg have also put local burn bans in place.
The ban includes leaves, limbs, bonfires, and other outdoor burning.
Failure to comply with the ban is a class three misdemeanor.
The U.S. Forest Service has implemented a burn ban on the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests.
Building, maintaining, or using a fire, campfire, or stove fire is prohibited on national forest lands outside of developed recreation areas.
The fire ban starts Tuesday and expires February 1.
Fires are allowed within developed areas such as campgrounds and day-use areas. They must be contained to fire rings, stoves, or grills. Use of stoves, lanterns, and heating equipment that use liquid or gas fuel are still permitted throughout the forest.
The fire ban has been put in place because of dry conditions and the small chance of significant rain in the immediate forecast.
Smoking is prohibited except within vehicles or buildings.
Campfires should always be put out and cold to the touch before left for any period of time.