Burning Yard Waste is Prohibited Without a Permit

Dec. 7, 2016
For Immediate Release

Burning Yard Waste is Prohibited Without a Permit

New residents who have moved here from elsewhere and residents of a certain age may have fond memories of warming their hands around a backyard bonfire on a chilly fall evening. They may remember the days when burning raked leaves and yard waste was an accepted activity. But those days have long since passed.

To prevent the spread of accidental fires and to preserve air quality, bonfires are prohibited without a Fire Prevention Code Permit. Instead of burning yard waste, place it in paper yard waste bags or a clearly marked container for trash collectors to haul away.

Fire pits or portable fireplaces may be used in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions and do not require a permit. Burn only dry hardwood, have a fire extinguisher nearby, and properly dispose of ashes.

For questions about recreational fires and open burning, contact the Fire Marshal's Office Fire at 703-246-4849. To report a complaint of illegal open burning, call 703-691-2131. Visit the Fire Marshal's Recreational Fires and Open Burning page for more information, or search for "bonfires" on the county website.

Burning Yard Waste is Prohibited Without a Permit


Contact: Matthew Kaiser, Public Information Officer 
Department of Public Works and Environmental Services 
703-324-8455, TTY 711


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