Request for a state of emergency in Page county

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The Page County Board of Supervisors have requested that Governor Youngkin declare a state of emergency for the county to utilize state resources in battling the wildfires.

Keith Weakley, Chairman, stated that, “our local agencies are exhausted both mentally and physically, we have a dire situation”.

Over 3400 acres have burned in Page County thus far and are only about 10% contained.

On March 20th, several wildfires started in Page County and spread quickly due to the high winds.

As a result, a local emergency due to the immediate threat to life and property.

Local Fire and EMS workers have been working on these wildfires with other locales and the Department of Forestry.

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Fire Weather Watch issued for region

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The National Weather Service has issued a Fire Weather Watch for the region continues through  March 21.

The watch was put into place due to relative humidity levels dropping below 20%, resulting in extremely dry conditions.

The high winds with gusts of up to 45 miles per hour present an extreme danger of rapid fire spread.

Residents are reminded to exercise caution in outdoor activities and stay in compliance with Virginia’s 4 pm burning law which prohibits open air burning prior to 4 pm within 300 feet of woods or dry grass.

The National Weather Service reports similar conditions anticipated for Thursday, March 21st.

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