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Burn Ban Lifted

December 5, 2016

Fincastle, VA – At 2:00 p.m. on Monday, December 5, 2016, Botetourt County Administrator Gary Larrowe    announced the lifting of the burn ban that had been in effect since mid-November. The recent rain and the     forecast for more this week prompted the action.

“The return of this wet weather has been a blessing,” said Larrowe. “With the prolonged dry conditions, we are extremely thankful that there were no incidents during the past few weeks. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with those who have not been so fortunate.”

Even with the lifting of the ban, the Virginia Department of Forestry has emphasized that people still adhere to safe burning practices. Anytime a person burns outdoors, the Virginia code § 10.1-1142 requires the following:

  • Before burning, a person must clear the area of flammable material to prevent the fire from spreading.
  • If the fire is within 150 feet of flammable materials, they must remain with the fire until it is completely out (cold to the touch).
  • Anyone who starts a fire that escapes their control is liable for damages caused by the fire and the costs incurred by fire departments and forestry agencies that contain the fire.

This applies to anything burned in “open air,” and includes leaves, brush piles, logging slash, field burns, camp fires, burn barrels, trash, etc. For the full text of the code, please visit