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, ext. 4158.