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Posted on: February 15, 2023

State Burn Ban in Effect February 15th




FEBRUARY 15 – APRIL 30, 2023


Code of County of Franklin, Virginia Sec. 8-17 

Sec. 8-17. - Limitation on burning brush, leaves, etc., between February 15 and April 30 and in general. 


(a) During the period beginning February 15 and ending April 30 of each year, it shall be unlawful for any person to set fire to brush, leaves, grass, debris or any field containing dry grass or other inflammable material capable of spreading fire located in or within three hundred (300) feet of any woodland or brushland, except between the hours of 4:00 p.m. and 12:00 midnight. 


(b) When it is deemed necessary by the Franklin County Department of Public Safety, an open burning ban may be imposed on the entire county or sections of the county when conditions exist that would make open burning a threat to life or property, or nuisance as provided for in the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code, F-301.10, at any time during the year. 


(c) A violation of this section shall constitute a Class 1 misdemeanor. (Ord. of 11-21-88; Ord. of 1-20-04) 


1. No burning until AFTER 4:00 P.M. if within 300 feet of woodland, grass or brushland. 

2. Fire MUST be attended at all times. 

3. No fuel may be added after 9:00 P.M. and fire MUST be extinguished by midnight. 

4. Burn Law applies to ALL open fires, camp fires, warming fires, brush piles, stumps, fields, broom straw, leaves, grass, or any fire capable of spreading fire. 

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