Update: The burning restrictions were lifted March 20.
Effective March 14, Loudoun County has enacted an open burning ban.
The Virginia Department of Forestry has determined that the combination of low humidity and high winds means there is a high fire danger and that adequate control of outdoor fires will be extremely difficult.
No open burning of any kind will be permitted until the restriction is lifted. Violators will be held liable for the resulting damages and firefighting costs.
Also, residents are urged to exercise caution handling any potential ignition source including machinery, cigarettes and matches and to carefully discard all smoking materials.
“During these times extreme caution is urged by all residents, because a simple spark can cause a major fire incident,” Deputy Fire Chief Linda Hale stated.
The conditions will be re-evaluated on Tuesday and a decision made by noon to extend or rescind the open burning ban.
For questions or additional information about open burning, please contact the Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office at 703-737-8600 or go to www.loudoun.gov/firemarshal.