Blackhawks help fight forest fires

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Two West Virginia National Guard Blackhawk helicopters have been sent to Hardy County to help fight a 4000-acre wildfire near Wardensville, West Virginia and the Virginia State Line.

Governor Jim Justice declared a State of Emergency for several counties, leading to the deployment of helicopters.

Each helicopter can carry 630 gallons of water over the dangerous terrain.

The aircraft and personnel arrived from Wheeling and Parkersburg and are experienced in battling wildfires.

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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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State of emergency and price gouging protections triggered by wildfires

Governor Glenn Youngkin declared a state of emergency due to the wildfires in Madison and Patrick Counties.

The state of emergency allows the Commonwealth to mobilize additional resources in response and recovery efforts as the fire has become more challenging due to the drought conditions.

The declaration then triggered Virginia’s price gouging protections which are designed to protect consumers from paying exorbitant prices for necessities during a thirty day period following a state of emergency.

Violations of the act are enforceable by the Attorney General’s office and should be reported for investigation.

The basic test for determining price gouging is if the post-disaster price grossly exceeds the price 10 days prior.

Some of the items included are water, ice, food, generators, home repair materials, and tree removal services.

Consumers can contact the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Section for additional information or to file a complaint by:

  • Phone at (800)-552-9963
  • Email: consmuer@oag.state.va.us
  • Online Complaint Form, available here

For more information on price gouging, click here.

To view the Governor’s announcement, click here.

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Gov. Youngkin declares a state of emergency ahead of Ian

Governor Youngkin has declared a state emergency by email in advance of Hurricane Ian which has re-intensified and is approaching the Carolinas.

The storm is still expected to bring steady and in some cases heavy rains to parts of Virginia according to the National Weather Service.

The Governor encourages all Virginians and visitors to make a plan, have supplies on hand and follow sources for up to the minute information on Ian’s impact.

A state of emergency declaration allows the state to mobilize resources and equipment needed for response and recovery efforts.

Virginians are advised to prepare for the potential of heavy rainfall, flooding, wind damage and possibly even tornadoes.

Virginia’s emergency support team is constantly monitoring the situation and coordinating resources with local, state and federal officials.

Kemp Miller’s weather forecast will provide up to the minute weather information as the storm progresses stay tuned to the River 953 and Fox Sports Radio 1450 to stay informed.

More information on preparation is available at VAemergency.gov/hurricanes and ready.gov/hurricanes.

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News Maker Kemp Miller on valley weather

In an email Governor Youngkin declared a state of emergency in advance of today’s Jan. 28’s storm.

Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) confirmed in an email it has begun treating roads.

Schools have dismissed early Jan. 28 too.

We spoke with Meteorologist Kemper Miller about the storm and what will happen in our area in our latest news maker.

The good news is brought to you by The Town of Front Royal.

Kemp explains what we will likely receive this weekend Jan. 28-30 and that it will get cold.

He also explains why the valley is so hard to predict weather for.

Kemp offers an interesting Weatherwise podcast the first Monday of each month right here.

Click here for Kemp’s interview.

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Gov. Northam declares a state of emergency ahead of Sun. 1/16 storm

An email from Gov. Northam confirms a state of emergency has been declared ahead of this Sun. Jan 16 storm.

Emergency services, Virginia State Police, Power Providers have all confirmed by email and social post that they are fully prepared for the impending storm.

The winter storm watch is posted for Sunday afternoon into Monday morning with 6 to 12 inches possible by Monday morning’s Jan. 17’s Federal Holiday.

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has confirmed in a social post that they have already begun pre-treating the roads.

Motorist are asked not to travel especially during the heaviest snow fall likely Sunday afternoon Jan. 16 unless absolutely necessary.

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VDOT prepares for the weather that is predicted tonight 1/6

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The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) confirms in an email that they are prepared for tonight’s Jan. 6 impending wintry weather.

VDOT has already pretreated roads and have crews deployed to monitor and treat roads as needed.

Beginning tonight crews will remain on 12 hour shifts 24 hours until roads have had at least one pass.

Motorist are advised to not travel once the snow begins unless absolute necessary.

If you have to travel monitor all road conditions up to the minute at 511virginia.org.

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VDH monitors for COVID-19 variant Omicron in Virginia

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ABC news is reporting that Gov. Northam is not declaring a state of emergency when it comes to the COVID-19 variant Omicron.

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) is monitoring for the variant and found no signs of it in Virginia.

Northam continued that he has no immediate plans to reinstate coronavirus restrictions at this time.

The Governor did say that we shouldn’t panic at this stage but we should pay close attention.

Northam did reiterate the need to get vaccinated or get the booster if you haven’t yet.

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VA. declares a state of emergency and Page County Schools dismiss early 9/1

Ahead of tropical depression Ida Gov. Northam has declared a state of emergency for the state of Virginia.

Heavy rains and flash flooding is expected with a slight risk of tornadoes across the Commonwealth through tonight.

Virginians are being asked to stay alert and be vigilant and remain prepared by keeping devices powered to keep up with important information.

Lord Fairfax Community College have already closed all campuses today Sept. 1.

Page County Public Schools will dismiss at noon today with all after school activities cancelled today Sept. 1.

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