Roanoke County lifts burn ban

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ROANOKE COUNTY (WSLS 10) - The Roanoke County Fire Marshal has lifted the ban on outdoor fires in Roanoke County.

The ban had been in effect since November 18, 2016, due to dry and windy conditions in the Roanoke Valley, but significant changes in environmental conditions were the determining factor in lifting the ban.

Although the Roanoke County burn ban has been lifted, the county wants to remind people all outdoor burning in the county requires a permit (with the exception of a recreational type fire) from the Roanoke County Fire Marshal's office.

There is no charge for this permit and anyone can apply for a permit by calling the Roanoke County Fire Marshal's Office at 540-777-8732.

Once you have completed and submitted an application to burn, a fire prevention officer will schedule a visit to your burn location for an inspection.

If you meet the requirements listed in the application and no safety concerns exist, a permit may be issued.

Burning illegally is a Class 1 Misdemeanor, which is punishable by up to a year in jail and/or fines of up to $2,500. If citizens witness an outdoor fire, they should immediately contact 911.

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