AMHERST COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — The Amherst County Department of Public Safety has implemented a county-wide ban on all outdoor open burning, effective immediately.

According to the department, this ban applies to yard debris, agricultural, or land clearing burns.

“Persistent dry weather conditions and low humidity conditions have created a situation that, when coupled with vegetation that is in a dormant dry state, will allow fires to start quickly,” the Amherst County Department of Public Safety said in a statement on Friday, Dec. 3. “This decision has been made with the safety of the citizens of Amherst County as a top priority.”

Officials say this burn ban will remain in effect until conditions improve enough to end the extreme fire danger.

Amherst County community members are urged to use caution and to stay on alert for any fire hazards until this ban is lifted.

If you observe any open-air fire, you are asked to call 911 to notify the Amherst County Communication Center.

This news comes as numerous other southwest Virginia localities — including Danville, Pittsylvania County, Halifax County, Charlotte County, and Henry County — have declared similar burn bans this week amid concerns about the wildfire risk from these dry weather conditions.

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