4PM Burning Law Goes Into Effect 2/15
The Commonwealth’s 4 p.m. Burning Law goes into effect Feb. 15 – Apr. 30, prohibiting burning before 4 p.m. each day.
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.
To learn more about this law, visit www.dof.virginia.gov/laws/outdoor-fire-laws.htm.
If you have any questions regarding when and where to burn, or need advice on a burn situation, contact your local fire department or Montgomery County Emergency Services Coordinator Neal Turner, 394-2146.
Burning Laws in Brief
- No burning until after 4:00 p.m. February 15 through April 30 of each year, if the fire is in or within 300 feet of woodland, brushland or field containing dry grass or other flammable material.
- Fire shall not be left unattended if within 150 feet of woodland, brushland or fields containing dry grass.
- No new fires set or fuel added after midnight.
- Law applies to campfires, warming fires, brush piles, leaves, household trash, stumps, fields of broomstraw and brush or anything capable of spreading fire.
- The law provides for a penalty of up to $500, plus payment of court costs and fire suppression costs if the fire escapes.