Louisa County officials imposed a ban this afternoon on open air burning until further notice due to worsening drought conditions.
The 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.
“We take citizen safety and the protection of property very seriously,” said Keith Greene, Fire and Emergency Services chief. “Responsible practices are critical to ensuring both.”
The Keech-Byram Drought Index estimates dryness and is commonly used for predicting the likelihood and severity of wildfires, according to a statement released by county officials. The index range is 0 to 800 (wet to dry).
The central Virginia area typically enters the fall fire season (October 15th to 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.