Season Burning Laws

By: Lauren Knight
By: Lauren Knight

February 2, 2006

The main provisions of the burning law regulates the time and areas where burning may take place.

During the period beginning February 15 and ending April 30, open air burning may only take place between the hours of 4:00 p.m. and 12:00 midnight, unless burning is taking place at a distance of 500 feet or greater from woodlands or other grass and brush capable of spreading fire to woodlands.

Fire must be attended at all times. No fuel may be added or fire rekindled after midnight.

The law applies to camp fires, warming fires, brush piles, household trash, stumps, fields of broom straw and brush, or anything capable of spreading fire.

Opening burning is particularly dangerous during the early spring due to temperature, humidity and wind.

Additionally, If a fire should become out of control, the responsible party may have to pay for fire suppression costs in addition to any court fines.

Violators of this burning ordinance may be punished by up to a $500.00 fine.

For more information regarding outdoor burning call the Department of Fire and Rescue Division at (434) 296-5833.

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