Fire Marshal Rescinds Burn Ban

The open burning ban that was placed into effect April 11 has been rescinded. The ban was lifted after a significant decrease in dangerous fire conditions. The current open burning restriction, known as the “4 p.m. law,” remains in effect through midnight April 30, 2017.

Open air fires for leaves, tree, brush, yard and garden trimmings generated onsite are allowed only between 4 p.m. and midnight, except in the town limits of Leesburg, Lovettsville, Middleburg, Purcellville, Round Hill, and areas of Loudoun County that are part of a subdivision.

Legally set open-air fires must meet local regulations, including: Fires must be at least 50 feet from a structure and pose no hazards to a roadway; fires must be reported to the Loudoun County Emergency Communications Center at 703-777-0637 before ignition and when the fire is out; fires shall be attended by competent persons 18 years of age or older, at all times, with provisions for control and extinguishing available; fires must not be added to after midnight; and the fire must be fully extinguished if at any time the fire is not attended or a means of extinguishing is not immediately available.

For more information about open burning, contact the Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office at 703-737-8600 or go to loudoun.gov/firemarshal.

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