Dry air and windy conditions can spark brush fires quickly across Virginia, fire officials say

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HENRY COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — The Henry County Department of Public Safety is warning residents about safety around brush fires.

This warning comes after the Volunteer Fire Department in Martinsville responded to a nearly two-acre fire down by Moore’s Farm Road. Fire officials say that this is the time of the year when people need to be careful around any kind of flames near wooded areas.

Fire Marshall Lisa Garrett with the Henry County Department of Public Safety says dry air and windy conditions can increase the risk of brush fires. Garrett told WFXR News that something as simple as throwing a cigarette out the window or burning leaves can lead to a raging fire. When these fires spark, they can spread fast.

“Health condition-wise of course it produces a lot of smoke and people with existing medical conditions that respiratory issues and things usually have a hard time with smoke in the air, and sometimes its visibility issues if people are trying to see and there is smoke,” said Garrett.

Garrett also stated that brush fires are deadly, and if you see one call your local fire department immediately.

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