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Starting Monday, Virginia's Spring Fire Season Starts

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP)- Despite the prospect of a winter storm, Virginia's spring fire season is under way.
    
Starting Monday, state law prevents burning before 4 p.m. each day if the fire is within 300 feet of woodland, brush or fields containing dry grass or other flammable materials.
    
Violators can be fined up to $500. They also have to foot the bill for the cost of snuffing the fire and any damage as a result of the flames.
    
Last year, there were 616 wildfires that scorched nearly 6,000 acres, according the Virginia Department of Forestry. That was below the 10-year average of 1,100 wildfires and 11,000 burned acres.
    
Spring fire season runs through April 30.

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