PULASKI COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Virginia’s burn ban has come to a close, but we are not out of the woods yet when it comes to wildfires, according to Pulaski County’s emergency manager, Bradley Wright.
Wright says the burn ban ended on Saturday, April 30 because there is less of a risk for fires as plants come out of their dormant period and turn green again.
“Normally in May, the vegetation is green, the grass is normally green again, and the trees are green, leaves out, so under those conditions, and as you can tell, the days start getting warmer and more humid with moisture in the air,” said Wright.
He says there could still be dry windy conditions this spring which are just right for a fire to spread quickly.
Open-air burning has become legal again without any time constraints, but Wright says there are some things to remember.
“Try to avoid burning on windy days or in the woods or near the woods or structures,” Wright said.
He also says there should always be a hose and tools nearby to keep the fire contained and you should never step away from a fire. The Pulaski County emergency manager adds that the leading cause of fires during the ban period — which started in mid-February — was improper disposal of ashes and people burning yard waste.
According to Wright, this spring, there will be a lot of controlled burns or “good fires.”
“That’s one that helps reduce the fuels, the brush, and the leaves, the stuff that carries fires, so if we ever have a wildfire, it burns into those areas and it stops it or slows it down and it’s harder for it to burn,” Wright explained.