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TAZEWELL, Va (WVVA)-- It's still fire season across the Two Virginias, and foresters in Virginia tell us this spring has been particularly brutal.

Tazewell County alone has had 400-500 acres burn during 11 brush fires.

The headwaters region, which also includes Russell, Bland, and Buchanan counties, has seen more than 40 fires.

That's already more than the total last year, said area forester Zach Addington, and this could mean citizens need to re-familiarize themselves with burn bans.

According to Virginia law, you can only start fires after 4 PM. But even then, Addington urges burners to be cautious.

"Never leave a fire unattended," he said. "Always be there and keep an eye on the fire. If you can, line around the fire, put a line around it down to bare mineral soil to try to contain it, keep it from spreading."
Illegal burning is a Class III misdemeanor and carries up to a $500 fine in the state of Virginia.

Fire season ends on May 1 in the Commonwealth, and on May 31 in West Virginia.

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