DANVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — Effective immediately, Danville officials are implementing a burn ban for the entire city as fires continue to pop up around southwest Virginia during these dry weather conditions.

“The Danville City burning ban is the result of drought conditions that have created a serious risk of widespread and dangerous fires in every region of the Commonwealth,” the Danville Fire Department said in a statement on Tuesday, Nov. 30.

According to the department, the burn ban will remain in effect until a significant amount of rain or snow improves the current weather conditions.  

If you violate this law, it will be considered a Class 1 misdemeanor, punishable with a fine of up to $2,500, officials say.

While Danville is still experiencing this dry weather, you are asked to be extremely careful when discarding cigarettes, charcoal, or any other items that could cause a fire.

Division Chief Shelby Irving told WFXR News that, within the past week, Danville crews responded to two fires that were caused by discarded smoking material.

“People finish smoking and either just pluck the cigarette out into the yard or drop into a trashcan thinking that they put it out but didn’t, so make sure with it being so dry, you’ve got to be extra careful,” said Irving.

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Irving also stresses the importance of being careful when gathering leaves.

“Right now we’re asking people not to burn those leaves and to rake them up, put them on the curb, and the day that trash is picked up is the same day that Public Works will come by and vacuum the leaves up,” said Irving. “A lot of leaves have been piled up. Don’t drive over leaves and sit because the underneath of your car is hot and if you sit on those leaves, it could start a fire and catch your car on fire.”

If you have any questions about Danville’s burn ban, you are asked to call the Danville Fire Marshals Office at 434-799-5226.

This news comes as the Grindstone Fire continues to burn hundreds of acres of land in Pilot Mountain, North Carolina, which is less than 100 miles away from Danville.

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