“We appreciate the citizens making the calls, but the limited fire suppression resources are being directed to areas where there aren’t any wildfires, and then they aren’t available to respond to a report of an actual wildfire,” said Ed Stoots, VDOF Western Regional Forester. “Please be sure to call 911 when you see a fire but not if you are seeing or smelling only smoke at this time. Most of Southwest Virginia is covered with smoke from the many wildfires burning out of state.”
The counties of Dickenson, Wise, Lee and Washington have issued burn bans until further notice.
“Even if you don’t have burn ban in place in your county, please refrain from any kind of outdoor burning until the weather conditions improve significantly,” said Stoots.