Burn Ban Now in Effect
The statewide burn ban is now in effect. The 4 p.m. burn law lasts from February 15 to April 30 each year and is aimed to prevent spring wildfires. The law prohibits burning before 4 p.m. if the fire is in or within 300 feet of woodlands, brush, or fields with dry grass and other flammable materials. Even though burning is allowed from 4 p.m. to midnight, the Virginia Department of Forestry says you should be cautious of weather conditions and winds. According to Forestry officials, more than 60 percent of annual wildfires in the Commonwealth happen in the spring, particularly March and April.