Giles County lifts burn ban for outdoor, open air fires

New River Valley News

GILES COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Less than two weeks after Giles County banned all outdoor burning and open fires amid a lack of rainfall, authorities announced Wednesday the cancellation of that burn ban.

Giles County officials issued a local emergency on Dec. 20, 2021 due to expanding drought conditions in their region. The burn ban went into effect three days later.

Then, on Wednesday, Jan. 5, Giles County Emergency Services announced that the county-wide burn ban had been lifted.

However, authorities still ask that community members continue to call the Giles County Sheriff’s Office before conducting a controlled burn.

Carroll County is the only southwest Virginia locality that still has an active burn ban. That ban was implemented in mid-December 2021 amid concerns about the wildfire risk from dry weather conditions, but it is set to expire on Friday, Jan. 14.

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