Henry County is the latest county to implement a burn ban. The following areas have implemented open fire bans: Tazewell, Bland, Wythe, Smith, Montgomery, Franklin, Patrick, Pittsylvania, Floyd, Giles Counties, City of Danville, City of Radford, and Pocahontas and Greenbriar Counties in West Virginia. Henry County’s ban on all outdoor burning goes into effect Friday, September 27 and will be lifted when weather conditions improve. In a statement from Henry County, the exception to the burn ban is covered gas, electric or charcoal barbecue grills/smokers and manufactured outdoor wood furnaces. Failure to comply with the ban may result in criminal charges.

Below is the release from Henry County:

Mandatory Burn Ban Implemented in Henry County

(Henry County, VA) – Due to the continuation of dry conditions, authorized by Henry County Code Sec. 9-202, Henry County Administrator Tim Hall has issued an immediate ban of all outdoor burning within Henry County.

Unusually dry weather conditions have created a high risk of wildfires; therefore, effective at noon today, outdoor burning is prohibited until further notice. The ONLY exception to this ban are covered gas, electric or charcoal barbecue grills/smokers and manufactured outdoor wood furnaces.

Under certain circumstances, a permit for outside fires during the burn ban can be obtained. Please contact the Fire Marshal’s Office or go online at www.hcdps.com for more information.

The National Weather Service forecasters expect these extreme conditions to continue into the near future, with only a slight chance for precipitation during that period. This will contribute to the County’s already challenging firefighting conditions.

The cumulative effects of successive weeks of high temperatures and very little rainfall have significantly elevated our fire danger throughout the County.

“Henry County hasn’t seen this level of fire danger since our last burn ban in November 2016,” said Lisa Garrett, Henry County Fire Marshal. “Conditions are dangerous, and we need everyone to understand the seriousness of this issue. We need this ban for everyone’s protection.”

Citizens are asked to cooperate by adhering to this ban until it is rescinded. Failing to comply with this ban may result in criminal charges.

Please contact the Fire Marshal’s Office at 276-634-4660 with questions..