HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — The National Weather Service says there’s an increased fire danger Wednesday.
The relative humidity is low and winds are high, which makes conditions just right for outdoor fires to spread quickly. Because of this, all open burning is suspended for Wednesday, March 23.
Henrico Fire officials want to remind everyone that a statewide burning ban is in effect through April 30. Spring wildfire season is here, meaning there is a ban on any open burning except from 4 p.m. to midnight.
Further, Henrico County restricts the burning of leaves and yard debris. If the county offers free leaf removal to a resident, burning of these materials is not allowed. This restriction includes the majority of the county except for the most rural portions. Click here to find where leaf removal is provided.
Outdoor fires are also commonly started by discarded smoking materials. Cigarettes and other smoking materials that are not properly extinguished can smolder for hours before igniting a fire. These fires can start when plant pots are used as ashtrays or cigarette butts are carelessly thrown on the ground.
Every year, fires started with smoking materials occur in Henrico County. These fires not only cause millions of dollars in damage, but can put lives at risk. In some cases, people have been killed from fires started by improperly discarded smoking materials.
A fire that displaced 26 people from an apartment building in the 100 block of Chase Gayton Circle was determined to have been caused by a discarded cigarette. Luckily, no one was hurt in that incident.