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Posted on: October 4, 2019

Louisa County Enacts Burn Prohibition


LOUISA, VIRGINIA – Due to worsening drought conditions in the region, the County of Louisa is prohibiting open air burning until further notice. This prohibition applies to the burning of brush, leaves, grass, trash, debris or any other flammable material, as well as the ignition or maintenance of any open fire within the County. The prohibition does not apply to charcoal, gas or liquid-fired grills.

The Keech-Byram Drought Index (KBDI) estimates dryness and is commonly used for predicting the likelihood and severity of wildfires. The index range is 0 – 800 (wet to dry). The central Virginia area typically enters the fall fire season (October 15th – November 30th) in the 250 range. Currently, the region is above 500 on the index, and conditions may worsen as drier air moves into the region.

“We take citizen safety and the protection of property very seriously,” said Keith Greene, Chief of Fire and Emergency Services. “Responsible practices are critical to ensuring both.”

The County continues to be in regular contact with the Office of the State Fire Marshall, which supports the effort. The prohibition is in place until further notice.

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