Bland County declares local state of emergency amid dry weather

PHOTO: Firefighter battling a blaze, Photo Date: undated (MGN)

BLAND Co., Va. (WDBJ7) -- Bland County has declared a Local State of Emergency, issuing a ban on burning, Saturday, Sept. 14.

The ban is effected starting at 8:00 a.m. until further notice.

County officials say the ban is in response to "fire hazard conditions that create an extreme fire danger."

The ban is the result of extremely dry conditions with little to no rainfall predicted.

According to WDBJ7's Chief Meteorologist Brent Watts, the dry stretch continues with no widespread, soaking rain in the forecast for much of our viewing area.

The county released the following notice: "This DECLARATION OF EMERGENCY DUE TO DRY WEATHER CONDITIONS in accordance with Section 44-146.21 and 15.2-922.1 of the Code of Virginia and hereby establishes a ban on open-air burning for the County of Bland until further notice and put on alert the response and recovery programs of all applicable local, and inter-jurisdictional emergency operations plans should activation be warranted."

The ban on open-air burning applies to public and private property and will remain in effect until Bland County receives sufficient precipitation to reduce fire danger.

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