Feb. 15 – April 30: No burning before 4 p.m.

Virginia’s 4 p.m. burning law goes into effect on February 15. Each year, from Feb. 15 to April 30, no burning before 4 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.

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 p.m. burning law is an effective tool in the prevention of forest fires.

Debris burning continues to be the leading cause of forest fires in Virginia. The 4 p.m. burning law is different from the burning bans, which are invoked only during periods of extreme fire danger.

For more information, please contact your local VDOF office or the Christiansburg Fire Department.

If you are planning on conducting a lawful burn after 4 p.m., please alert the NRV Communication Center at 540-382-4343 with your name and address. Please also remember to stay with the fire until it is extinguished.