GILES COUNTY, Va. (WFXR)—Giles County has declared a Local Emergency and have issued a ban on all outdoor burning and open-air fires effective immediately.

According to the county, the burn ban has been implemented due to the drought conditions that have resulted in fire hazard conditions that create extreme fire danger.

Violators of the burn ban could be classified as a class 3 misdemeanor and are punishable by a fine of up to $500. It can also result in the violator being responsible for all costs incurred in controlling or attempting to control any fire resulting from prohibited burning.

The declaration of emergency and the burn ban will remain in effect until sufficient rainfall is received to relieve the fire hazard conditions.

WFXR News will update as further information is available.