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Posted on: April 7, 2020

County Wide Burn Ban

Press Release
Franklin County Department of Public Safety
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
*County Wide Burn Ban*
Effective at 9:00AM on Saturday, April 4, 2020
Due to the forecasted weather conditions along with the State of Emergency and Local Declaration of Emergency that we are currently under with the COVID-19 pandemic, all open air burning will be prohibited until further notice. The Fire Marshal’s Office has implemented this ban pursuant to §8-17.b of the Code of Franklin County, Virginia. Open air burning is defined as the burning of any brush, grass, leaves, or other vegetation or any other combustible material that is not contained in an approved container or commercially constructed device that has a metal mesh spark arresting screen in place.
This ban is effective beginning at 9:00AM on Saturday, April 4, 2020 will remain in effect until further notice, at which time the ban shall be lifted. A violation of this ban is a Class 1 misdemeanor punishable by confinement of up to 12 months in jail and/or up to a $2500 fine.
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For further information please contact:
J. Mason, Deputy Chief
Fire Marshal of the County of Franklin
Phone: (540) 483-3091 Ext: 2153
EMAIL: Jay.Mason@FranklinCountyVA.gov

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