Statewide Burning Law Now in Effect

Posted at 1:22 p.m.

The Commonwealth’s 4 p.m. Burning Law went into effect Feb. 15 – the start of spring fire season in Virginia.

This law prohibits burning before 4 p.m. each day (Feb. 15 – April 30) if the fire is in, or within 300 feet of, woodland, brushland or fields containing dry grass or other flammable materials.

A violation of this law is a Class 3 misdemeanor punishable by up to a $500 fine. In addition to the criminal violation, those who allow a fire to escape are liable for the cost of suppressing the fire as well as any damage caused to others’ property.

Burning of leaves, yard waste or trash continues to be the major cause of wildfires in Virginia. These debris fires can easily escape unless proper precaution is taken.

Debris burning is the number one cause of wildfires in Virginia

Debris burning is the number one cause of wildfires in Virginia

Check out the Department of Forestry’s FAQ page for more information, along with fire safety tips.

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