Virginia burning law now in effect

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Burning restrictions are now in place in Virginia.

The state's burning law went into effect Sunday and runs through April 30th. 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.

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