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Rockbridge County issues open-air burn ban to prevent spread of wildfires

Crystal Graham
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Rockbridge County has issued an open-air burn ban, effective immediately. The ban decision was made after consultation with the state and federal Departments of Forestry.

The ban aims to ensure the safety of citizens and their properties and to safeguard the well-being of firefighters.

The dry forests and grasslands remain vulnerable to rapid ignition and spread of wildfires.

The open-air burn ban pertains to the ignition or maintaining an outdoor fire within the county. Examples include burning of brush, grass, leaves, trash, debris and other flammable materials.

The ban will be lifted when conditions improve.

For more information on fire safety, visit the Virginia Department of Forestry website at http://www.dof.virginia.gov/fire/index.htm

Crystal Graham

Crystal Graham

Crystal Abbe Graham is the regional editor of Augusta Free Press. A 1999 graduate of Virginia Tech, she has worked for nearly 25 years as a reporter and editor for several Virginia publications, written a book, and garnered more than a dozen Virginia Press Association awards for writing and graphic design. She was the co-host of "Viewpoints," a weekly TV news show, and co-host of Virginia Tonight, a nightly TV news show. Her work on "Virginia Tonight" earned her a national Telly award for excellence in television.