SUFFOLK, Va. ( WAVY) - No open air burning is allowed in the City of Suffolk between May 1 and Sept. 30 and anyone found violating the ordinance faces a fine of up to $2,500.
Tim Kelley with the City of Suffolk said the burn restriction came from the Virginia Department of Environmental Control and was adopted as a City ordinance in 2007. This is an effort to improve the City's declining air quality and reduce the number of fire responses or brush and woodland fires.
All types of burning is included in the ban, such as burning in a barrel and commercial land clearing operations. Special incineration devices are also banned.
Failure to comply with the ordinance can result in a fine of up to $2,500 and one year in jail as well as a bill for extinguishing the fire, Kelley said.
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