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Virginia officials are warning residents about what could be one of the most severe wildfire seasons in years, according to WCYB.

On Tuesday (Oct. 15), Gov. Ralph Northam announced the start of the fall wildfire season in Virginia, which runs through Nov. 30.

Most of Virginia faces an increased risk of wildfires due to dry weather conditions, extended periods of below-average rainfall and record-high temperatures.

Currently, 39 localities have initiated burn bans. Residents are encouraged to check with their local sheriff or county administrator’s office before having any outdoor fire.

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