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Wildfire Season Begins This Weekend, As Drought Spreads Statewide

Fall wildfire season in Virginia begins this weekend, as the drought spreads statewide…and the Virginia Department of Forestry is concerned that even recent rains are not enough.

With California Wildfires fresh on his mind, Department Spokesman John Campbell said, “Before this week’s rain, it has been 30 days without precipitation in Virginia, and things are very dry.”

At the National Weather Service in Wakefield, Meteorologist in Charge Jeff Orrock says “short term, there has been very beneficial rainfall, but in the bigger picture when you look back over the last 30 days, and even the last 60 days where we have seen maybe 50% of our rainfall across most of the state.”

The Department of Forestry is asking people to be careful with matches, bonfires, mechanical equipment and especially burning trash and debris. He says 96% of Virginia wildfires are caused by people and most can be prevented.