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Friends,

In the past several days, we have seen thousands of acres of land ablaze throughout Central Virginia.

I commend State Officials and their efforts to coordinate help amongst local fire departments and the Virginia Department of Forestry and great progress is being made.

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Photo courtesy of Emily Brown, The Nelson County Times.

We have been in contact with the local Emergency Services Coordinator throughout the week and continue to offer our support in whatever capacity is needed. The most pertinent information we just received and were advised to share is as follows:

In compliance with the Local Emergency declaration, the burn ban is still in place for open air outdoor burning until the area receives a “significant rainfall that decreases fire risk.”

Further, “9-1-1” calls are for ACTIVE EMERGENCIES only. For non-emergencies or other questions, please reach out to the Nelson County Dispatch Center at 434-263-7050. For surrounding regions, they are able to direct you to other localities or departments pending your needs.

For other questions related to our office, please message Andrew@TomGarrettforCongress.com.

And lastly, we want to thank all of our firefighters, first responders, and law enforcement officials for the tremendous job they continue to do in keeping us safe.