GILES COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) – Officials in Giles County have issued a local emergency due to expanding drought conditions in their region.
The local emergency mentions the start of a burn ban on all outdoor burning and open fires effective at 8 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 23.
The burn ban will remain in effect until sufficient rainfall occurs to alleviate fire hazard conditions.
Giles County officials say that anyone caught burning outdoors during the burn ban would be considered as a Class 3 Misdemeanor and is punishable by a fine of up to $500 and can also result in the violator being responsible for all costs in controlling and attempting to control and fire that is resulted from illegal burning.
Giles County joins the counties of Carroll, Floyd, Henry, Pittsylvania, Halifax and Amherst as well as the city of Danville where burn bans are also in effect.