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Henry County under mandatory burn ban

HENRY COUNTY, VA – Henry County Administrator Dale Wagoner has issued an immediate burn ban due to the continuation of dry conditions.

Unusually dry weather conditions have created a high risk of wildfires; therefore, all outdoor burning is prohibited until further notice, the fire marshal’s office said in a news release.

The only exception to this ban are covered gas, electric or charcoal barbecue grills/smokers and manufactured outdoor wood furnaces.

Under certain circumstances, a permit for outside fires during the burn ban can be obtained, the release stated.

The National Weather Service forecasters expect these extreme conditions to continue into the near future, with only a slight chance for precipitation during that period.

“Henry County, along with adjoining jusidictions, are at a high level of fire danger,” said Lisa Garrett, Henry County Fire Marshal. “Conditions are dangerous, and we need everyone to understand the seriousness of this issue. We need this ban for everyone’s protection.”

Failing to comply with this ban may result in criminal charges.

Contact the fire marshal’s office at 276-634-4660 or go online at for more information.

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