Albemarle County has become the latest locality in the area to make it unlawful to burn materials outside. The Fire Marshal’s office issued the order this afternoon.
“The decision to issue the open-air burn ban has been made in response to the National Weather Service’s (NWS) alert today announcing a Fire Weather Watch for Albemarle County, after careful consideration of current weather conditions,” reads a press release.
That Fire Weather Watch is in place Saturday morning through Saturday afternoon and warns of high wind that could spread wildfire. Albemarle’s burn ban will remain in place until the Fire Marshal’s office has lifted it.
Yesterday, Louisa, Greene, and Nelson counties all put an outdoor burn ban into effect.
Meanwhile, the fire on Afton Mountain that sparked yesterday after a vehicle fire is now known as the Royal Orchard fire and is 20 acres large and 50 percent contained as of 1:44 p.m. this afternoon. That’s according to the Virginia Department of Forestry’s Wildfire Viewer. (take a look)
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