PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — The Pittsylvania County Director of Public Safety has put a burn ban into place throughout the county.

This decision comes after the National Weather Service has declared the area to be under “abnormally dry” conditions. The burn ban will go into effect at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 30 and will remain in effect until the county receives a good amount of rainfall to help lower the risk of fires.

This burn ban includes the burning of leaves, brush, and/or other vegetation. The dry conditions outdoors are favorable for fires spreading rapidly throughout the area.

According to Virginia law, a violation of a burn ban is punishable as a Class 1 Misdemeanor.

A violation of this burn ban is punishable as a Class 1 Misdemeanor, which, pursuant to Virginia Code § 18.2-11, carries for a conviction thereof, the possibility of confinement in jail for not more than twelve (12) months and a fine of not more than $2,500, either or both.

Pittsylvania Department of Public Safety

The drought monitor for the area is valid as of Nov. 23, and new drought data will be released every week of Thursday on the website.

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