Montgomery County issues county-wide burn ban for residents' safety

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MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ)- Montgomery County has issued an open-air burn ban due to extremely dry conditions that increase the potential for fire.

The ban includes, but is not limited to: campfires, brush fires and burn barrels.

"Residents should be aware of the increased danger for wildfires and take proper precautions. The burn ban prohibits burning trash or debris and open campfires," said Emergency Services Coordinator Neal Turner.

The County warns residents that while some areas may look green, others are dry and at a high risk for fire. People who are located in and around wooded areas should use extreme caution, as fire spreads rapidly and can consume significant area in a short amount of time.

In addition, the County urges people to be aware that machinery such as lawn mowers and grain-harvesting equipment can cause sparks.

The burn ban will be lifted once the area receives steady, saturating rainfall that improves the dry conditions.

If you have questions or concerns about the ban, Montgomery County Emergency Services asks that you contact Neal Turner at turnerkn@montgomerycountyva.gov or your local fire department.

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