Carroll issues burn ban due to dry conditions

Staff Report

HILLSVILLE – Carroll County has declared a Local Emergency issuing a ban on burning, effective 8 a.m. November 14, 2016, in response to fire hazard conditions that create extreme fire danger. This ban is the result of extremely dry conditions with no rainfall predicted for weeks.

This DECLARATION OF EMERGENCY DUE TO DRY WEATHER CONDITIONS in accordance with Section 44-146.21 and 15.2-922.1 of the Code of Virginia and hereby establishes a ban on open-air burning for the County of Carroll until further notice and putting on alert the response and recovery programs of all applicable local and inter jurisdictional emergency operations plans should activation be warranted.

Experience has shown that suspending open burning is an effective way of preventing fire escapes and allows a quick fire agency response, especially as Carroll County continues to experience drier weather. Although all fires cannot be prevented through a burn suspension, their numbers can be significantly reduced. Carroll County Department of Emergency Management wants to remind everyone that it is each individual’s responsibility to help prevent fires that destroy lives, property, and our wildland.

The ban on open-air burning is applicable to public and private property and will remain in effect until Carroll County receives sufficient precipitation to reduce fire danger.

Contact Everett Lineberry, Emergency Management Coordinator at 276-728-4146 if additional information is needed.

Staff Report