No outdoor fires before 4:00 p.m.

From the Virginia Department of Forestry: Outdoor Fires Unlawful Before 4 p.m.:

The Commonwealth’s 4 p.m. Burning Law goes into effect Feb. 15, 2008 – 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.

3 Comments

  1. Coach says:

    Does this include Barrel burning? Trash or leaves and sticks in a barrell?

    Thank you

  2. Coach says:

    Also does this include fire pits? It does say “no” fire burning outside and then it only explains open fires on the ground.

  3. According to http://www.dof.virginia.gov/website/faqs-burning.shtml:

    Can I have a campfire if I put rocks around it?
    NO. Campfires are considered an open air fire. A pit fire or campfire may be approved if it meets ALL the following conditions: Fire is BELOW GROUND LEVEL, continuously monitored AND completely enclosed with cinder blocks AND a ¼” or smaller metal screen is placed over the enclosure. Extra precautions should be taken to clear a 20-foot circle of all flammable materials and have water and a shovel available.

    Sounds like fire barrels: no. Fire pits are okay if you follow those guidelines. You can call the Virginia Department of Forestry at 434.977.6555.

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