Caroline issues temporary ban on open burning
Chief Jason Loftus, Caroline County Fire – Rescue and Emergency Management
Office: (804) 633-9831 or email – firstname.lastname@example.org
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 11, 2012
“Caroline County Issues Temporary Ban on Open Burning”
Caroline, Virginia – Caroline County Fire-EMS Chief Jason Loftus has announced a period of
significant wildfire danger due to the extremely dry conditions found countywide in Caroline County.
Over the last week, extreme low humidity, warm temperatures and the significant lack of rain have
created an extremely hazardous environment. Caroline has large areas of forest and wooded land. Dry
vegetation has contributed to the fuel load; making for an even more dangerous situation.
Even with the chance of some predicted showers this evening, the rainfall will not be enough to alleviate
this condition. To protect the health and safety of citizens and protect the property in Caroline County,
a “No Open Burning” ban will begin at 4:00 PM on April 11, 2012. This ban on open burning will last
until the threat has subsided.
Citizens are requested to completely extinguish smoking materials before discarding them. The
Emergency “NO OPEN BURNING” declaration prohibits outdoor burning of any kind to include any
debris, substance, or material as well as yard waste (leaves, brush, stumps, & limbs) and other related
Any signs of a fire, including brush or woods fires, should be reported immediately by calling 911.
Grasses and brush are particularly vulnerable to rapid fire spread. Keep all debris away from houses and
For more information, contact the office of Fire-Rescue & Emergency Management at (804) 633-9831.