Virginia Burn Law

Remember...only YOU can prevent forest fires!

The Commonwealth’s 4 p.m. Burning Law remains in effect until April 30th!

This law prohibits burning before 4 p.m. each day (Feb. 15 – April 30) if the fire is in, or within 300 feet of, woodland, brushland or fields containing dry grass or other flammable materials.

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.

Burning of leaves, yard waste or trash continues to be the major cause of wildfires in Virginia. These “debris” fires can easily escape unless proper precaution is taken.

Please be cautious and follow the law. Find more information on the Virginia Dept. of Forestry's website, FAQ page.

Devin Basye | General