The Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office is reminding citizens that open burning is prohibited in the county between May 1 and Sept. 30. These regulations prohibit open air fires or open burning with some exceptions.
Campfires, no larger than three feet in diameter by two feet in height and used for cooking purposes, are exempt from these prohibitions, provided they are not within 50 feet of any structure.
Portable fire pits and chimineas are not considered open burning if operated according to manufacturer specifications.
Open burning, including campfires, is always prohibited in the town limits of Leesburg, Lovettsville, Middleburg, Purcellville, Round Hill and subdivisions (“urban or built up areas”) throughout the county.
In addition to this ban, the Fire Marshal may also impose regulations, at any time, based upon complaint, atmospheric or other environmental circumstances, to restrict or extinguish any fire that is otherwise permitted according to these guidelines, Public Information Officer Laura Rinehart said.
Anyone who violates the fire code could be convicted of a Class 1 misdemeanor, which carries a penalty of a fine up to $2,500 and up to a year in jail. Further, if convicted, a person may be required to compensate the locality for the full costs of fighting a fire, Rinehart said.