- Associated Press - Friday, May 1, 2015

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - State forestry officials say nearly 3,500 acres of forestland burned during the spring wildfire season that just ended.

The Virginia Department of Forestry says its crews responded to 338 wildfires from Feb. 15 through April 30, the period in which the state’s 4 p.m. burn law is in effect. Warm, dry and windy conditions make spring an active time for wildfires.

John Miller, the forestry department’s resource protection chief, says this year’s wildfire figures are a little below average because of significant snowfalls and rain. Most of the fires were relatively small, although one in Botetourt County burned nearly 1,700 acres. That fire on Short Hill Mountain was started by improper dumping of hot ashes from a fireplace or wood stove.

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