ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — The lack of rainfall is increasing the risk of a fire spreading rapidly in some areas.
As a result of the dry conditions, Franklin and Pittsylvania Counties have issued a ban on all open-air burning to go into effect on Tuesday, September 24 at 9 a.m.
The ban includes the burning of any brush, grass, leaves or other vegetation as well as any other combustible material not contained in an approved container, according to the Franklin County Department of Public Safety.
A violation of the ban is considered a Class 1 misdemeanor punishable by up to 12 months in jail and or up to a $2,400 fine.
The ban will remain in effect until there is a significant amount of rainfall that decreases the fire risk.
Late Monday, Montgomery County has also issued a county-wide burn ban which includes the towns of Blacksburg and Christiansburg.
More updates may follow as other counties put in place burn bans.