Fall color season is underway across the state. In Southwest Virginia, peak colors can still be seen in many areas. In the New River Valley, colors are near peak in the higher elevations, and approaching peak in the lower elevations. In the Allegheny Mountains, colors are past peak. In the Shenandoah Valley, approximately 75% of the trees have color and are at or approaching peak. Elsewhere in the state, the Piedmont has approximately 75% color. The Coastal Plain is expected to peak in mid-November.
Fall fire season is in effect from October 15th to November 30th, so remember to be careful with outdoor fire. When burning leaves, the Virginia Department of Forestry recommends burning small piles, have water on hand and a cell phone nearby to dial 911 if it gets out of control.