RESOLUTION OF DECLARATION OF EMERGENCY
Due to Dry Weather Conditions
WHEREAS, lack of rainfall and precipitation received in the County during the month of October and unseasonable high temperatures have caused grasslands and woodlands to be extremely dry causing a severe increase in fire risk throughout Wise County; and
WHEREAS, the National Weather Service at Morristown, Tennessee contains that the normal rainfall for this month was below normal; and
WHEREAS, a fire is currently burning in the South Mountain section of the county; and
WHEREAS, uncontrolled, open fires pose a serious threat to life and property while the current dry conditions exist; and
WHEREAS, the Coordinator of Emergency Services, after consultation with Virginia Department of Forestry, recommends that an emergency declaration prohibiting any person to set fire to, or procure another to set fire to any woods, brush, logs, leaves, grass, debris, or other flammable material within the boundaries of Wise County, be adopted by the Board of Supervisors until fire risk is reduced; and
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Wise County Board of Supervisors does hereby accept the recommendation of the Coordinator of Emergency Services to issue a DECLARATION OF EMERGENCY DUE TO DRY WEATHER CONDITIONS in accordance with Section 44-146.21 and 15.2-922.1 of the Code of Virginia and hereby establishes a ban on open-air burning for the County of Wise until further and putting on alert the response and recovery programs of all applicable local and inter jurisdictional emergency operations plans should activation be warranted.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this ban is effective at 6:00 p.m., Friday, November 4, 2016 and that it shall remain in effect until further notice by the Coordinator of Emergency Services.
ADOPTED this the 4th day of November 2016.
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