Posted by Colby Rogers - email
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Virginia Department of Forestry is reminding residents of the state's burning law as the start of spring fire season approaches.
Virginia's burning law goes into effect on Feb. 15. The law prohibits burning before 4 p.m. if a fire is in or within 300 feet of woodland, brushland or fields containing dry grass or other flammable materials.
Violation of the law is misdemeanor punishable by up to a $500 fine. And those who allow a fire to escape are liable for the cost of suppressing the fire as well as any damage caused to others' property.
Officials say adhering to the law helps prevent wildfires. There were more than 1,320 wildfires in Virginia last year that burned more than 25,700 acres of forest land.