With increasing dry conditions in the Smith Mountain Lake area, local officials have acted to prevent brush and forest fires. In an article from the Smith Mountain Eagle, Reporter Rob Lyon reported:
The Virginia Department of Emergency Management issued a "red flag
warning" discouraging any open air fires due to the low humidity, high
winds and current dry conditions.
Pittsylvania County has also
enacted a burning ban. The ban went into effect Wednesday, March 8, and
will continue in effect until terminated by action of the Board of
Supervisors or terminated by the chairman of the board and the director
of Emergency Services.
A large wildfire along the
Bedford/Botetourt County line last week was contained after several
days. The fire burned approximately 1,200 acres. A Blue Ridge man has
been charged with causing the fire after a debris fire he allegedly
started in his backyard spread to the nearby woods.
In the meantime, Virginia farmers are continuing to deal with crop damages and loss as a result from last year’s dry conditions. Read the entire article here.