Burn law in effect today

Published 8:19 pm Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The Suffolk Fire Marshal’s Office is reminding citizens the Virginia Department of Forestry 4 p.m. Burn Law goes into effect Feb. 15 and lasts through April 30.

Open burning with a permit is allowed from 4 p.m. to midnight only, according to a city press release. The Virginia Department of Forestry Burn Law also applies to recreational fires.

This law prohibits burning before 4 p.m. Winds usually calm down and relative humidity levels increase after 4 p.m., both of which reduce the potential for a debris fire or any other open air fire to escape your control.

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In addition to the criminal violations, those who allow a fire to escape are liable for the cost of suppressing the fire as well as any damage caused to other’s property.

The Summer Burn Ban will be in effect May 1 through Sept. 30.

For more information on the 4 p.m. Burn Law or the Summer Burn Ban, contact the Suffolk Fire Marshal’s Office at 514-4550.