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Governor declares state of emergency as crews battle Patrick County wildfire

PATRICK COUNTY, VA – Governor Glenn Youngkin declared a state of emergency to assist firefighter response efforts for two Virginia wildfires.

Fires in Madison County and in Patrick County broke containment lines over the weekend, the governor's office said in a news release.

The declaration allows Virginia to mobilize additional resources and deploy staff and equipment to assist in response and recovery efforts.

The Virginia National Guard, Virginia Department of Forestry, Virginia Department of Emergency Management, and and other agencies are involved in the ongoing operation.

“This executive order will ensure that the Commonwealth has additional resources and is using every tool at its disposal to keep Virginians safe,” said Governor Youngkin. “Thank you to our first responders who are doing everything they can to help contain these wildfires in the Commonwealth during this year’s fall fire season.”

Virginia is experiencing normal fall fire weather, but with the underlying drought conditions, these fires have become more challenging to contain.

Residents are reminded to be very careful to prevent additional wildfires.

The state’s fall fire season runs through the end of the month.

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