Virginia’s Burn Ban in Effect Until April 30th

Locally in the news is a caution that outdoor fires before 4pm are against the law. The burn law ban went into effect on February 15th and will remain until April 30th. The ban law prohibits any outdoor burning before 4pm, if the fire is in or within three hundred feet of woodland, brush or fields containing dry grass or other flammable materials.
In late winter and early spring, the burn law is one of the most effective tools to combat downed trees, branches and leaves from becoming forest fuel that greatly increase the danger of a potential forest fire.
The 4pm time is based on various environmental factors such as, winds are more likely to be calmer, the temperature decreases while humidity increases and all of that combined lead to safer burning condition according to the Virginia Department of Forestry.
This law applies to camp fires, warming fires, brush piles, or anything capable of spreading fire. No fuel may be added or fire rekindled after midnight.

 

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