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With spring approaching, residents may want to clean up leftover fall leaves, fallen branches and unwanted brush debris that is best controlled before the growing season takes hold. However, when disposing of these items through burning, there are certain laws pertaining to burning that citizens should be aware of, and precautions should be followed.
During the period of Feb. 15 through April 30 of each year, Virginia State code § 10.1-1142 restricts the burning of any brush, leaves, grass, debris or field containing dry grass or other inflammable material capable of spreading fire, located in or within 300 feet of any woodland, brushland, or field containing dry grass or other inflammable material, except between the hours of 4 p.m. and midnight.
Sate law also requires when burning any woods, brush, logs, leaves, grass, debris or other inflammable material, precautions must be taken to prevent the spread of fire. The law requires that these items be cut and piled, and the land around the debris to be burned carefully cleared.
In the Town of Colonial Beach, the following restrictions apply, “no person shall, within the town, burn any rubber tires, asphaltic materials, crankcase oil, impregnated wood or similar materials which, when burned, produce excessive smoke or nauseous odors, nor shall such prohibited items be used as ‘starter fuel’ for any open burning.”
Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Office asks that anyone within the county limits, including within the towns of Montross and Colonial Beach, call the sheriff’s office non-emergency phone number-- 804-493-8066 to inform them of any planned burns. You will be asked to give the address of the planned burn, a contact name and a contact phone number. You will also be asked to call back and advise when the fire has been extinguished.