Countywide Burn Ban Extended
The Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office has extended the countywide prohibition on open burning indefinitely beginning on September 1, 2008.The current ban on open burning, which went into effect on June 1, was scheduled to expire at midnight August 31, 2008. However, due to the current dry conditions, with no long term forecast for measurable rainfall,the ban is continued until outside conditions improve.
According to W. Keith Brower, Jr., Fire Marshal for Loudoun County, local rainfall for the month of August and for the year is below normal. “We talk regularly with our partners at the National Weather Service and the Virginia Department of Forestry in an attempt to weigh all factors that contribute to fire spread. The low water tables, lack of recent rainfall and sustained moderate to low relative humidity all suggest continuing this ban as the prudent action for public safety.” According to Brower, ponds and streams used for firefighting water supplies in the areas of the county are so low that additional fire tankers are being added to structural fire responses in the areas of the county not covered with fire hydrants.
The only exceptions provided for under this ban are for campfires or grills used for cooking. This ban applies to all areas of Loudoun County, including the seven incorporated towns. Violations of the open burning ban could result in a penalty of up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $2,500.00.
Any questions should be directed to the Fire Marshal’s Office at 703-737-8600. Persons may also obtain more detailed information by visiting the Fire Marshal page of the Loudoun County website,www.loudoun.gov/firemarshal.
Article taken from www.loudoun.gov