Wise County enacts burn ban after wildfires

Wise County has had to ban open burning due to extremely dry conditions due to lack of rainfall.

The declaration of emergency resolution from the Board of Supervisors comes as Virginia Department of Forestry crews continue to contain wildfires in the Pound Gap area that officials said originated in neighboring Letcher County, Kentucky.

Dickenson County imposed their ban on Thursday and Breaks Interstate Park announced on Friday that they are banning fires indefinitely.

Wise County Emergency Services is coordinating with forestry crews who are constructing containment lines near Austin Cemetery, the report said.

No structures in Virginia are currently in danger because of the fires. The Abingdon forestry district, which includes localities from Galax to Lee County, has had the most acres charred by wildfires this year in the state.


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