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Virginia's burn law goes into effect in time for fire season

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

Fire season starts Friday, and so does Virginia's burn law.

It's the beginning of two months when conditions are right for fires to spread quickly. The message to people across Virginia, don't get burned by fire season. To keep this from happening, a burn law goes into effect.

It's illegal to burn anything within 300 feet of woods and forests. There's also a ban on fires before 4 p.m. That's when it's more likely to be windy and less humid.

The law doesn't apply to grills, but if you burn trash or debris before 4 p.m., you could be hit with a $500 fine.

If you're a fan of camp fires, the burn ban puts limits on those too. They need to be below ground level, continuously monitored, enclosed with cinder blocks, and have a metal screen is placed over the fire.

The good news here, it's been very wet lately, reservoirs are filled. That makes it much more difficult for fires to spark.

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