Charlotte supervisors consider burn ban ordinance

Published 8:50 am Thursday, December 7, 2023

Prince Edward’s burn ban has been canceled. The same goes for the one in neighboring Lunenburg County. Charlotte County supervisors, on the other hand, need to put an ordinance in place in order to even consider one in the future. 

“Those two counties both had an ordinance in place allowing them to put a ban in place; Charlotte County did not,” Charlotte County Administrator Witt said. “This ordinance will allow a ban in the future if/when needed.”

Witt further said that the county could have implemented a burn ban in the case of a State emergency. 

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Though no burn ban was implemented, the county emergency services sent out a code red notice making people aware of the drought conditions and fire danger. 

Virginia’s leading cause of wildfire is escaped debris burning.

Virginia’s fall fire season runs from Oct. 15 to Nov. 30, a period when dead leaves provide ample fuel for any spark. 

This year has proved especially challenging, with the Department of Forestry responding to 113 wildfires that have burned more than 12,000 acres since the season began.