Effective May 1, 2012 all open burning is prohibited within all areas of Loudoun County. This regulation is in effect until September 30th, 2012.
The regulation on open burning is based upon air quality standards developed by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and is enforced locally by the Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office. The DEQ recently changed regulations which apply to several Virginia regions, including Northern Virginia, extending the open burning ban through May and September. These changes were adopted by the Board of Supervisors in February 2011.
- The only allowable burning, without prior approval from the Fire Marshal’s Office, is campfires. Campfires can be no larger than 3 feet in diameter by 2 feet in height and used for cooking purposes, provided they are no closer than 50 feet from a structure
- On a year around basis, open burning (to include campfires) is always prohibited in the town limits of Middleburg, Leesburg, Purcellville, Round Hill and Lovettsville.
Fire Marshal Disclaimer: The Loudoun County Fire Marshal may 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.
Violations and Penalty: Violations of the requirements on open burning may result in a conviction as a Class 1 Misdemeanor. In addition, the responsible party may be held liable for all damages and the costs of firefighting operations.
Questions can be directed to the Fire Marshal’s Office at 703-777-8600 during normal business hours or you may access this information by navigating to the “Fire Marshal” section on the Loudoun County website: www.loudoun.gov/firemarshal