Burn law goes into effect this week

BOTETOURT, Va. (WDBJ7) Botetourt County Fire and EMS is reminding the public about the 4 pm burn ban which begins February 15th.

The law prohibits burning except between the hours of 4 pm and 12 midnight from February 15th to April 30th. The fire cannot be within 300 feet of woodland, brushland or fields.

The department wants people to use caution because the ground can dry out fast on windy days causing fires to get out of hand.
Jason Ferguson, Botetourt Fire and EMS: "Even though we have had a lot of wet here recently that doesn't mean we don't have sunny days with brisk winds that dry the fuels that are down from over the winter time," said Jason Ferguson, Botetourt Fire and EMS, "which means it more open to catching fire and spreading quickly."

If you violate the law you could face a misdemeanor charge and a 500 dollar fine.