Officials at the Virginia Department of Forestry are reminding residents that the threat of wildfire increases each autumn as leaves dry out and fall from trees, grasses turn brown, humidity levels drop and winds increase. Because of the increased risk of wildfires, the department has joined paid and volunteer fire departments in their efforts to ensure the safety of Virginia’s citizens. Each year, Virginia experiences more than 1,200 wildfires that burn more than 10,000 acres of land. This year’s National Fire Prevention Week runs from Oct. 7 – 13. To learn more about what you can do to reduce the risk of wildfires, visit www.dof.virginia.gov or www.firewisevirginia.org.