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Warren and Frederick counties issue open air burning ban

Warren County and Frederick County’s Departments of Fire and Rescue issued an open air burning ban.

The decision was in accordance with the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code due to the extreme atmospheric and drought conditions impacting Front Royal, Winchester, Frederick and Warren County.

No one within the county or town limits shall kindle or maintain any open burning during this time.

This includes all bonfires, ceremonial fires, camp fires and barrel fires.

The regulation does not include barbecues, grills, smokers, or any device that emits smoke through a chimney or stack.

Some safety tips mentioned to reduce the chances of fire include the proper discarding of cigarettes, avoiding grass with your vehicle so that the exhaust does not contact dry grass or leaves, and trailers using safety chains should check that they are not dragging on the ground which can create a spark.

The releases also recommend moving anything that will burn away from structures, cutting back or removing dry and dead plants around the home, and notifying the electric company if dead trees or limbs endanger electric wires.

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