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By Rebecca Blatt

The spring fire season ends in Virginia today. The state's Department of the Forestry says the number of wildfires fell this year, thanks in part to this winter's heavy snowfall.

There were 400 wildfires in Virginia during the season that began February 15th. That's down from 563 last year. The amount of land burned by those fires dropped as well, by more than 40 percent.

John Campbell, a spokesman for Virginia's Department of Forestry, says that's good news for everyone.

"Forests are giant buffers and giant carbon sinks," says Campbell. "So the more forest you're going to have the cleaner your water is gong to be, the cleaner your air is going to be."

Campbell says wet weather is partially responsible for this year's drop.

"We've had a lot of good snow in the commonwealth this year and it really helped lower the incidents of fire this year," he says.

Campbell says residents are becoming more vigilant about fire prevention as well.

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