November 15, 2007
Governor Kaine announced Thursday that the state ban on open burning has been lifted.
The ban was instituted October 19, 2007 when weather conditions across the Commonwealth pushed the drought and wildland fire indices into the dangerous range.
Local burning restrictions may still apply, and anyone planning to burn should check with their local fire department and/or fire marshal’s office before proceeding.
“The statewide ban on open burning helped reduce the immediate threat to citizens and their property” said Kaine.
In addition to any fines for violating the fire laws, anyone who allows a fire to escape is liable for the potentially significant costs of suppressing that fire. Since January 1, 2007, the Virginia Department of Forestry has spent more than $580,000 fighting wildfires.
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