FALL BURN BAN GOES INTO EFFECT TODAY PDF Print
Tuesday, 01 October 2013 06:30

Shorter days and cooler nights are sure signs that autumn has arrived, and starting Oct. 1, so has the fall wildfire hazard season that runs through Dec. 15. During the wildfire hazard season outdoor burning is prohibited from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. in or within 150 feet of any woodland or brushland.

“With the last several weeks of dry weather, conditions are favorable for outdoor fires to escape and become wildfires,” said Leah MacSwords, director of the Division of Forestry. “Burning under these conditions increases the risk for wildfires when all it takes is a little wind to cause a fire to spread.”

So far this year, the Division of Forestry has responded to 739 wildfires that have burned more than 17,000 acres of forests in the Commonwealth. KDF records indicate that human activity has caused more than 99 percent of wildfires, the bulk of which are preventable.

 

 

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