ROCKY MOUNT - Citing no significant moisture in recent weeks and only light precipitation in the near-term forecast, Rocky Mount Fire Marshal David Bowles has issued a burn ban for the town of Rocky Mount until further notice.
"Lack of significant rainfall mixed with low humidity levels over the past month have created a high potential for rapid fire spread," Bowles said. "Officers of the Rocky Mount Police Department will be on high alert for violaters of this burn ban."
Dry conditions this time of the year are of particular concern because frequent cold fronts can also bring with them high wind gusts.
Virginia is in a light to moderate drought, according to the latest drough monitor from the Climate Prediction Center, who issues an update to the drought monitor every Thursday.
There may be a better chance of better moisture getting into the area by early January, as medium-range forecast models continue to instist on a more active pattern after Christmas.