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Va. wildfire season ends with 43,000 acres burned

Tuesday - 5/1/2012, 9:10am  ET

RICHMOND, Va. - Virginia's spring fire season is coming to an end after more than 43,000 acres were burned over four months.

The fire season officially ended at midnight, and the 4 p.m. burn ban expired with it.

Federal fire officials say much of the burned acreage came from seven large wildfires on National Forest System land, beginning on Easter. State forestry officials responded to a additional 355 wildfires that burned more than 6,500 acres. Another 10 fires burned on National Park Service land.

Virginia Department of Forestry's director of resource protection, John Miller, says arson is suspected in several of the fires. The department is offering up to $2,000 for information leading to the conviction of those responsible for the Shipwreck Fire in Page County and a 125-acre fire in Patrick County.


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