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11-14-06 Fire And Ems Department Reminding Residents About Rules For Open Burning
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2006 News Releases

For Immediate Release

Fire And Ems Department Reminding Residents About Rules For Open Burning

November 14, 2006
Fire & EMS
CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA - The Chesterfield County Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services is reminding residents about county leaf-burning rules. Open burning does not exempt or excuse a person from the consequences, damages or injuries that may result from open burning, nor does it excuse or exempt any person from complying with all applicable laws, ordinances, regulations and orders of the federal government, the commonwealth of Virginia and/or Chesterfield County. The burning of leaves is allowed in designated areas of the county during two periods each year: Nov. 15-Dec. 15 From 8 a.m. Monday until noon on Friday March 15-April 15 From 4 p.m. until midnight, Monday-Thursday It is lawful to burn leaves on your property if you are in an area where it is allowed. A map of designated leaf-burning areas is available online at www.chesterfield.gov/PublicSafety/Fire (select Open Burning/Leaf Burning). The burning of limbs, tree trunks, logs or stumps is considered property maintenance or land clearing and is not allowed under the conditions of leaf burning. The burning of tree and garden trimmings requires a 30-day permit and is not allowed under the conditions of leaf burning. Campfires and warming fires are allowed if the fuel is clean wood, with no trash, construction debris, oil, tires, etc. Bonfires require written permits from the Department of Fire and EMS' Fire and Life Safety Division. The following applies to all open burning in Chesterfield County: A competent person shall attend fires at all times until they are extinguished and no longer smoldering. The attendee shall provide adequate fire-extinguishing equipment to control and/or extinguish the fire should it start to spread or get out of control. Failure to comply constitutes a violation of the law. For more information, or to inquire about a burning permit, contact the Fire Marshal's Office at (804) 748-1426 or firemarshal@chesterfield.gov.

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