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Burn Ban to begin February 15

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    The Commonwealth’s 4 p.m. Burning Law goes into effect Feb. 15, 2013  which is traditionally the start of spring fire season in Virginia.
    This law prohibits burning before 4 p.m. each day (Feb. 15 – April 30) if the fire is in, or within 300 feet of, woodland, brush land or fields containing dry grass or other flammable materials. Bedford County asks that regardless of where you place your debris pile that you observe the 4 p.m. time burn restrictions while also refraining from burning after 4 on ‘red flag’ days.
    Burning of leaves, yard waste or trash continues to be the major cause of wildfires in Virginia. These “debris” fires can easily escape unless proper precautions are taken. Anytime you attempt to burn leaves or debris it is important that you notify the local fire department dispatch center at 540-586-7827 and plan to stay in attendance of your fire with a method to extinguish it at all times.
    You may get more information on burn laws by visiting our Web page at www.bcofr.com or by downloading information on Debris Burning Safety http://www.dof.virginia.gov/fire/resources/Debris-Burning_poster-color.png.