The Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office (FMO) wants to remind residents that effective Oct. 1 through midnight Feb. 14, 2017, open air fires/open burning of leaves and trees, brush, yard and garden trimmings generated onsite are allowed, except in the town limits of Leesburg, Lovettsville, Middleburg, Purcellville, Round Hill and subdivisions (urban or built up areas) throughout the county.
Legally set open air fires are subject to all local regulations. Specifically:
· Fires must be reported to the Emergency Communications Center (ECC) at 703-777-0637 before ignition and when the fire is out.
· Fires must be attended by a competent person 18 years or older, at all times, with provisions to control and extinguish the fire.
· Limited to the burning of leaves and trees, brush, yard and garden trimmings, generated on site.
· The burning may be no closer than 50 feet from a structure and pose no hazards to a roadway.
· For agricultural purposes, such as clearing a field or fence row, for materials generated on site; burning may be no closer than 1,000 feet from an occupied structure nor pose a hazard to highways and airfields.
· For bonfires, provided that they consist of seasoned wood, piled neatly, can be no more than 5 feet in diameter by 5 feet in height. The burning may be no closer than 50 feet from a structure.
Prohibited Open Burning
· The burning of construction debris, plastics, tires, tar based materials, oil or petroleum based products, hazardous materials, chemicals, animal carcasses and similar materials or waste is prohibited Countywide (towns included).
Development Related Burning:
· All land clearing (pit burn) operations by contractors or land owners for development purposes shall be approved by the FMO. Burning of trees, stumps and brush will likely require a permit from the FMO and the State Air Pollution Control Board.
· Warming barrels at a construction site shall be approved by the FMO. As approved, burning must be of clean lumber, done in a barrel or similar container that is screened or covered to prevent flying embers and may be no closer than 15 feet from a structure.
All such open burning must be reported to the ECC 703-777-0637 prior to ignition and when the fire is out. Additionally, all fires must be actively attended, with means to control and/or extinguish the fire. For open burning information, please call 703-737-8600 during normal business hours or visit www.loudoun.gov/firemarshal.