VDOF battle a wildfire and have reminders for citizens

Virginia Department of Forestry used by permission from VDF Communication Specialist Cory Swift-Turner

The Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) reports that they are currently working to contain a wildfire that broke out Thursday May 2 in the Rockbridge County area.

The fire was reported between Natural Bridge and Glasgow Thursday night.

When firefighters arrived, they found approximately 70 acres involved and at last report about 30 percent was contained.

The fire is on private land but does pose a threat to National Forest property.

The VDOF anticipates total containment late Friday May 3.

The VDOF and your local firefighters advise caution with fire despite Virginia Burn Laws having ended April 30.

May is National Wildfire awareness month and fire burn permissions will always be governed by local weather conditions.

The leading cause of wildfires is escaping burning debris according to the VDOF.

Never leave any outdoor fire unattended and always keep some type of fire suppression item readily available like a water hose.

Always call your local Emergency communications center when planning any kind of outdoor burn.

Remember in many cases the person responsible for a fire will have to pay the cost of suppression of that fire.

Fire safety and prevention information is available from any local fire department.

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