The fall fire season begins Saturday in Virginia.
The fall fire season begins today in Virginia. The state's Department of Forestry is reminding people to be especially careful with any outdoor burning this autumn.
Forestry officials say it's a time of year when the risk of a fire spreading can be greatest, because dried leaves can act as fuel and blustery winds can make a small fire grow quickly into a large one.
The department says humans cause more than 95 percent of wildland fires, most of which are preventable.
Through the first week in October, Virginia had already recorded nearly 800 wild fires this year that burned nearly 12,000 acres of privately owned land in the Commonwealth.
The fall fire season runs through November 30.