PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY, Va. (WFXR)—The National Weather Service states the majority of Pittsylvania County is in a moderate drought, with the northernmost portion under severe drought conditions.

The weather service says this is due to the continued dryness combined with warm temperatures that have been above normal for long periods during the summer and fall seasons. As a result, stream flows and soil moisture continue to diminish, increasing the fire danger due to seasonal conditions such as trees losing leaves.

Over the past 60 days, the National Weather Service reports precipitation has ranged from three to five inches, creating ideal conditions for the spreading of wildfires.

Pittsylvania County hopes there may be some relief come next week with rain expected on Tuesday, Nov. 21 and Wednesday, Nov. 22.

Due to the dry conditions, Pittsylvania County will keep their burn ban effective until further notice.