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James City County Implements Burn Ban Effective Immediately


September 17, 2010

Contact:  Renee Dallman, Communications Specialist

Phone: (757) 253-6864


Effective immediately, James City County fire officials have implemented a burn ban across the County.

The County-wide ban applies to all fires including burn barrels, recreational fires and fires in established fire pits at approved campgrounds or on private property. The use of gas and propane self-contained stoves and barbecues are not included in the ban. The ban will remain in effect until the area receives more rain and conditions improve.

Officials evaluate the risk of fire for residents based on the Cumulative Severity Index. This number accurately describes the amount of moisture that is missing from the area; a rating of zero defines a point of no moisture deficiency and a rating of 800 defines the maximum moisture deficiency possible.

James City County's Cumulative Severity Index is currently above 660. As a point of reference, a normal Cumulative Severity Index for our area would be approximately 100. Other factors, such as wind, temperature, relative humidity and atmospheric stability also play a major role in determining the actual fire danger.

For more information, contact Chief Tal Luton at (757) 871-3034 or District Chief Bob Ryalls at (757) 876-5051


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