ACFR lifts burn ban
ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- The Albemarle County Department of Fire Rescue says the wildfire risk has decreased thanks to recent rainfall.
Due to this reduced risk, the burn ban that was put in place on Nov. 17 has now been lifted.
According to a release, recent rainfall has dampened the ground and foliage, and the Virginia Department of Forestry now puts the county at the lowest risk for wildfire.
However, the rainfall has not completely alleviated longer-term drought conditions, especially in the western part of the county.
The U.S. Drought Monitor indicates that almost all of Albemarle County is in severe drought conditions.
At one point, the rainfall deficit was more than 17 inches. The recent weather systems have helped to reduce that by as much as five inches in some areas.
ACFR says that the ongoing drought conditions are one component when it comes to considering the wildfire risk, but they are not the main driver of the danger.
As of Wednesday, Albemarle County residents are allowed to resume open-air burning activities, though they are encouraged to continue using safe burning practices to prevent a fire from getting out of control.
Madison and Louisa counties have also lifted their burn bans. Greene County has not.