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Statewide burn ban will be in effect February 15 through April 30

The statewide burn ban goes into effect on February 15 and will be in effect through April 30.

This ban on burning before 4 p.m. applies to all open-air burning within 300 feet of woodland.

In addition, burning should to be complete by 8 p.m. in the city of Martinsville.

The dangers of fires spreading during this timeframe are due to higher winds, lower relative humidity, and extremely dry fuels on the forest floor, according to officials.

Recreational fires are still allowed if entirely contained by a noncombustible material and covered with a metal screen containing ¼ inch or smaller openings.

You are reminded that all outdoor fires shall be attended at all times.

The only materials allowed to be burned are paper, cardboard, leaves, and tree, yard, and garden trimmings located on the premises.

For more information on fire safety, contact the Virginia Department of Forestry or your local fire department.

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