Virginia’s spring burning regulations begin

Virginia Department of Forestry used by permission from VDF Communication Specialist Cory Swift-Turner

The Virginia Department of Forestry (DOF) joins fire departments across the state to announce the beginning of the spring fire season and raise awareness for the 4 pm Burning Law that is now in effect through April 30th.

The statewide burning law prohibits outdoor burning before 4 pm within 300 feet of woods or dry grass.

Violation of the burning law is a Class-3 misdemeanor punishable with fines up to $500.

Those who allow a fire that results in property damage can be liable for suppression costs.

Between Virginia’s fall and spring fire seasons, the spring season accounts for more than 60% of fires in the Commonwealth with an average of 700 fires.

The rising temperatures, dry and windy weather, and abundant fuel from dead vegetation and leaves increase the potential for wildfires and make them difficult to extinguish.

The Virginia Department of Forestry wants to remind citizens to never leave a fire unattended, keep a shovel, rake or hose close by to control a fire, and avoid burning in windy conditions or adding fuel after midnight.

Individual cities or counties may have specific burn laws to keep in mind.

For more information on the 4 pm Burning Law, click here.

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Former Governor Robb’s home is heavily damaged by fire

In an email from Governor Northam he confirmed that former Governor Chuck Robb’s home was heavily damaged in a fire.

The Robb daughters confirmed their parents had no life threatening injuries and were transported by ambulance to the hospital according to the email.

The parents were the only occupants of the home at the time of the fire.

Governor Northam shared a statement from Charles and Lynda Robb’s three daughters.

The ladies are deeply grateful to the firefighters for their rapid response and the medical professionals who are taking care of them.

The email went on to read that the daughters have what is most important to them, their mom and dad.

The McLean home was completely engulfed in flames by the time firefighters arrived.

The Robbs have lived in the home for almost 50 years.

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