Loudoun County, Va. (September 25, 2014) – The Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office wants to remind residents that effective October 1, 2014, through midnight February 14, 2015, open air fires/open burning of leaves and trees, brush, yard and garden trimmings generated onsite are allowed, except in the town limits of Leesburg, Lovettsville, Middleburg, Purcellville, Round Hill, and subdivisions (urban or built up areas) throughout the county.
Legally set open air fires are subject to all local regulations. Specifically:
- Fires must be reported to the ECC at 703-777-0637 before ignition and when the fire is out.
- Fires shall be attended by competent person(s) 18 yrs. of age or older, at all times, with provisions for control and extinguishment available.
- If at any time the fire is not attended and/or a means of extinguishment not immediately available, it must be fully extinguished.
- Limited to the burning of leaves and trees, brush, yard and garden trimmings, generated on site.
- The burning may be no closer than 50 feet from a structure and pose no hazards to a roadway.
- For agricultural purposes, such as clearing a field or fence row, for materials generated on site. The burning may be no closer than 1,000 feet from an occupied structure and may not pose a hazard to highways and airfields.
- For bonfires, provided that they consist of seasoned wood, piled neatly, no more than 5 feet in diameter by 5 feet in height. The burning may be no closer than 50 feet from a structure.
Prohibited Open Burning:
- On a year round basis, open burning is always prohibited in the town limits of Leesburg, Lovettsville, Middleburg, Purcellville, Round Hill, and subdivisions (urban or built up areas) throughout the county.
- The burning of construction debris, plastics, tires, tar based materials, oil or petroleum based products, hazardous materials, chemicals, animal carcasses and similar materials or waste is prohibited Countywide (towns included).
- Effective February 15 through midnight April 30, open air fires are prohibited between 2400 and 1600 hours
- Legally set fires (set between 1600-2400 hr) are allowed to smolder between 2400 and 1600 hours provided they are appropriately attended with means for extinguishment, and no additional fuel load is added during this timeframe.
- Similarly, open burning is prohibited Countywide (towns included) during the period of May 1st through September 30th. Campfires, no larger than 3 feet in diameter by 2 feet in height and used for cooking purposes are exempt from these prohibitions, provided they are no closer than 50 feet from a structure.
Development Related Burning:
- All land clearing (pit burn) operations by contractors or land owners for development purposes shall be approved by the Fire Marshal’s Office. Such burning of trees, stumps and brush will likely require a permit from the Fire Marshal’s Office and the State Air Pollution Control Board.
- Warming barrels at a construction site shall be approved by the Fire Marshal’s Office. As approved, burning must be of clean lumber, done in a barrel or similar container that is screened or covered to prevent flying embers and may be no closer than 15 feet from a structure.
All such open burning must be reported to the Fire-Rescue Emergency Communications Center 703-777-0637 prior to ignition and when the fire is out. Additionally, all fires must be actively attended, with means to control and/or extinguish the fire. For questions relating to open burning, please visit www.loudoun.gov/firemarshal or call the Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office at 703-737-8600 during normal business hours.
Fire Marshal Disclaimer: The Loudoun County Fire Marshal may impose regulations, at any time, based upon complaint, atmospheric or other environmental circumstances, to restrict or extinguish any fire that is otherwise permitted according to these guidelines.
Violations and Penalty: Violations of the requirements on open burning may result in a conviction as a Class 1 Misdemeanor (confinement in jail for not more than Twelve months and a fine of not more than $2,500, either or both). In addition, the responsible party may be held liable for all damages and the costs of firefighting operations.