The mild winter could increase the threat of wildfires.
That's the warning from Governor Bob McDonnell.
According to a news release, 95 percent of wildfires in Virginia are caused by humans.
The Department of Forestry says you shouldn't burn until after 4 p.m.
Also, you shouldn't burn if winds are more than 20 miles per hour and the humidity is less than 30 percent.
Here are some more tips from the Department of Forestry:
· Even if it’s after 4 p.m., don’t burn if the wind speed is in excess of 20 miles per hour and humidity levels are below 30 percent
· Burn in small piles rather than one big pile
· Before igniting your fire, clear the area around the pile down to bare dirt
· Don’t add to the fire after midnight
· Keep a fully charged hose and a shovel on hand to extinguish any spot fires that ignite away from the burn pile
· Dial 9-1-1 as soon as a fire escapes your control
Here is the news release from Governor McDonnell:
As Virginia prepares for the beginning of spring fire season which runs from Feb. 15 through April 30, Governor Bob McDonnell is warning Virginians that the threat of wildfires is increased this year due to Virginia’s mild winter.
“Wildfires in the Commonwealth are very weather-dependent,” Governor McDonnell said. “When you combine the effects of the 2011 tornadoes and Hurricane Irene with the relatively mild and dry winter we’re experiencing, it adds up to a potentially dangerous spring wildfire season. That’s a life safety issue which could affect thousands of Virginians.”