UPDATE: Roanoke County added to growing list of burn bans
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.
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.
Here is the news release from hte U.S. Forest Service:
The USDA Forest Service is implementing a fire ban on the George Washington & Jefferson National Forests to maintain public safety and protect forest resources during extreme drought. Building, maintaining, or using a fire, campfire or stove fire is prohibited on National Forest lands outside of developed recreation areas.
Fires are permitted within developed recreation areas such as campgrounds and day use areas and must be confined 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. Open fires may not be ignited or maintained at any shelter or dispersed area along the Appalachian National Scenic Trail within the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests. Smoking is prohibited except within enclosed vehicles or buildings, in developed recreation areas such as campgrounds and day use areas, or in areas cleared of all flammable material at least 3 feet in diameter.
This fire ban has been implemented due to extreme dry conditions, high fire danger, and little chance of significant rain in the immediate forecast. “We currently are working to contain two large fires on the Forest that are over 100 acres in size with new fires starting daily,” said Fire Management Officer Andy Pascarella. The fire ban begins Tuesday, November 15, 2016 and will expire Wednesday, February 1, 2017. Campfires should always be put out and cold to the touch before left for any period of time. For more information contact your local Ranger District office or visit the forest website at www.fs.usda.gov/gwj.