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Posted on: January 5, 2018

Virginia's 4:00 p.m. Burning Law goes into effect on February 15

Burn Law

Briefly, the 4:00 p.m. Burning Law states: from February 15 through April 30 of each year, no burning before 4:00 p.m. is permitted, if the fire is in, or within 300 feet of, woodland, brushland or fields containing dry grass or other flammable material.

Debris burning continues to be the leading cause of forest fires in Virginia. The 4:00 p.m. Burning Law is different from the burning bans, which are invoked only during periods of extreme fire danger.  Since forest fuels cure during the winter months, the danger of fire is higher in early spring than in summer when the forest and grasses are green with new growth. The 4:00 p.m. Burning Law is an effective tool in the prevention of forest fires.  

In Campbell County, burning is permitted from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. between February 15 and April 30, 2018.

For more information on burning regulations, please visit the Campbell County Department of Public Safety webpage.