Outdoor Fires Unlawful Before 4:00 PM
February 15 through April 30
Virginia’s 4:00 p.m. Burning Law goes into effect on February 15.
Briefly, the 4:00 p.m. Burning Law states: from February 15 through April 30 of each year, no burning before 4:00 p.m. is permitted, if the fire is in, or within’ 300 feet of, woodland, brushland or fields containing dry grass or other flammable material.
Since forest fuels cure during the winter months, the danger of fire is higher in early spring than in summer when the forest and grasses are green with new growth. The 4:00 p.m. Burning Law is an effective tool in the prevention of forest fires. Localities may have more restrictive outdoor burning laws.
You can read the full text of the law § 10.1-1142 on the VDOF website.
Debris burning continues to be the leading cause of forest fires in Virginia. The 4:00 p.m. Burning Law is different from the burning bans, which are invoked only during periods of extreme fire danger.
For more information and complete copies of the law, please contact your local VDOF office.
The Tazewell Soil & Water Conservation District and the Upper Tennessee River Roundtable will be hosting a Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day. We will be at the Fuller Peery Building at the Tazewell County Fairgrounds. This is a county wide event open to each of the residents within the towns of Tazewell, Richlands, Cedar Bluff, Bluefield, and Pocahontas. The event is open to residential as well as businesses within Tazewell County. Accepted items include: Paint, polishes Varnishes, Turpentine, Aerosol Cans, Adhesives, Motor Oil, Antifreeze, Fuel Additives, old gasoline, batteries, mercury, pesticides, electronics, transmission fluids and pool chemicals. We do not collect 55 gallon drums of material, tires, radioactive material, explosives, bullets or cylinders. Please bring material in original container, sealed and mark contents if known. The event is sponsored by the Upper Tennessee River Roundtable, Tazewell SWCD, The Nature Conservancy, Clinch River Valley Initiative and an anonymous donor. For more information please contact the Tazewell SWCD at 276-988-9588 ext 100 or the UTRR at 276-628-1600.
The Tazewell Soil & Water Conservation District and the Tazewell County Board of Supervisors are planning an exciting, fun-filled day of fishing for children and their families. Youngsters from Tazewell County Communities are invited to come out to Lake Witten with their fishing poles, tackle boxes and bait and take part in the 2015 Tazewell County Kids in the Outdoors Day, Saturday, May 2nd. Gates will open at 9 A.M., educational booths by 10 A.M. and lunch begins at 10:30 A.M. From 10:30 – 1 P.M.
The Tazewell Soil & Water Conservation District has a strong commitment to the community’s natural resource education and is proud to host a memorable day of fishing for the kids and their families.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Elizabeth A. Bennett
Tazewell Soil & Water Conservation District
117 Dial Rock Road
North Tazewell, Virginia 24630
276-988-9588 ext 103