Regional forester says campers should be alert during this drought

SALEM, Va. (WDBJ) - Many of our hometowns are experiencing a drought right now. WDBJ7 spoke with the Department of Forestry, and they tell us we are in abnormally dry conditions for this time of year.

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Regional Forester Chris Thomsen says it hasn't been this dry at this time in more than ten years. Thomsen says dry conditions mean increased fire danger, and causes that don't usually lead to fires now are starting them.

"Camping right now, the first thing they'd want to do is, several localities have instituted burn bans, and that would cover campfires, it would outlaw campfires, so they should check with the municipality that they may be camping in to make sure that having a campfire is even legal," Tomsen said.

He added dry conditions also mean leaves are falling earlier than usual and many trees are turning brown.

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