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Open air fire causes wild fire; occupant charged with violating 4 p.m. Burn Law

19 February 2020 Front Royal/Warren County News


Just after 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 18, Warren County Fire and Rescue units were dispatched to the 1800 block of Oregon Hollow Road for a reported brush fire which was threatening multiple structures.

Units quickly arrived on the scene to find approximately 3/4 of an acre of wooded area involved in fire, with the fire spreading away from any structures. Firefighters were able to quickly control the blaze before any structures were damaged. It was determined that the fire was caused by an open air fire spreading to the wooded area as winds increased.

The occupant of the home where the fire started was issued a summons by the Virginia Department of Forestry for violation of VA Code 10.1-1142. The occupant faces being guilty of a class 3 misdemeanor and may be liable for the full amount of all expenses incurred in suppressing the fire.

Officials say this incident should serve as a reminder as to why the 4 p.m. Burn Law is in effect between Feb. 15 and April 30. The 4 p.m. Burn Law regulates the open air burning before 4 p.m. and after midnight. This law was adopted to reduce the number of wildfires during this period of risk associated with weather conditions including: elevated winds, lower relative humidity and dryer forest floor fuels.

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