Spring fire season has started

Spring fire season runs from Feb. 15 through April 30, and Gov. Bob McDonnell issued a warning earlier this month that the threat of wildfires is increased this year due to Virginia’s mild winter.

“Wildfires in the Commonwealth are very weather-dependent,” McDonnell said. “When you combine the effects of the 2011 tornadoes and Hurricane Irene with the relatively mild and dry winter we’re experiencing, it adds up to a potentially dangerous spring wildfire season. That’s a life safety issue which could affect thousands of Virginians.”

Ninety-five percent of Virginia wildfires are caused by humans.

“The best thing people can do is to obey the law by not burning trash or debris before 4 p.m. each day during spring fire season,” McDonnell said. “Virginia’s 4 p.m. law has been in place for almost 70 years and is one of the best tools we have for reducing the threat of wildfires. Because humidity levels typically increase and wind speeds usually decrease after 4 p.m., the likelihood of a fire escaping is reduced.”

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