County Wide Burn Ban effective at 9:00AM on Tuesday, September 24, 2019. Due to the dangerously dry conditions and lack of rainfall throughout the county, the Fire Marshal’s Office has implemented a ban on all open air burning pursuant to §8-17.b of the Code of Franklin County, Virginia. Open air burning is defined as the burning of any brush, grass, leaves, or other vegetation or any other combustible material that is not contained in an approved container or commercially constructed device that has a metal mesh spark arresting screen in place. Dry conditions currently exist outdoors that are favorable for rapid fire spread due to the lack of measurable rainfall throughout the county.
This ban is effective beginning at 9:00AM on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 and will remain in effect until the area receives a significant amount of rainfall that decreases fire risk, at which time the ban shall be lifted. A violation of this ban is a Class 1 misdemeanor punishable by confinement of up to 12 months in jail and/or up to a $2500 fine. View county wide burn ban press release