PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY, Va. (WFXR)— Pittsylvania County Director of Public Safety Christopher Key has implemented a ban on open burning in the county effective on Wednesday, Nov. 8 starting at 6 p.m.

This announcement comes after the National Weather Service declared Pittsylvania County to be under ‘abnormally dry’ conditions and Gov. Youngkin declaring a State of Emergency due to multiple wildfires active across the Commonwealth.

Pittsylvania County defines open burning as the burning of materials in which flammable materials are emitted directly into air without passing through a stack or a chimney from an enclosed chamber. This includes the burning of leaves, brush, and other vegetation.

The burn ban will remain in effect until the county receives a significant amount of rainfall that decreases fire risk. A violation of the burn ban is punishable as a Class 1 misdemeanor which carries for a conviction and the possibility of confinement in jail for more than 12 months and a fine of no more than $2,500.