VDOF report on the spring fire season and a benefit for firefighters

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

The Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) reports by email a review of the 2024 spring fire season.

In 2024 so far 411 wildfires burned nearly 20,000 acres in the first 3 months of the year alone.

On March 20 low relative humidity combined with gusty winds produced 88 wildfires in less than 24 hours.

Those fires occurring throughout Virginia damaged 29 homes and 28 structures.

VDOF and local firefighter suppression efforts are credited with preventing approximately $163 million in additional damage.

On that March Day Page County suffered some of the worst losses with over 8,000 acres burned.

Rockingham County had over 2,500 acres burned and those were some of the worst areas affected.

Fires and evacuations had to be ordered in Warren and Shenandoah Counties as well.

First responders and their resources across the valley were stretched beyond limits in their firefighting efforts.

To assist our firefighters and recoup some of those resources and losses 5 local bands are teaming up with the American Red Cross and Backseat events center to perform a benefit show.

The Fire in the Valley benefit show is Sunday June 2 starting at 1 p.m.

All proceeds go to the American Red Cross who have been assisting those who suffered losses.

For more information on the Fire In the Valley event click here.

For more news from across the Shenandoah Valley, click here.