"This time of the year is the most dangerous, because of the high winds, and low relative humidity that the weather systems bring this time of the year,” said Gerald Crowell, a Forester with the Virginia Department of Forestry.
Add to the fact that there are few leaves on the trees to block out sunlight, once the snow melts, dead trees and grass are quickly dried out.
Snow does help, however. On average, forestry officials in
Despite its help, snow also gives off the wrong impression.
"Snow, this time of the year, tends to give people a false sense of security. They should still be aware, particularly for large brush piles, that [while] they may burn them legally and safely with eight inches of snow on the ground, [embers] could smolder or hold hot coals for several days or weeks, or longer,” said Crowell.
He attributed a recent brush fire last week in
It's illegal to burn anything in