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Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department

News Release 10-34
Date: March 10, 2010

Fire Marshal Must Approve Open Burning

Fairfax County Fire Marshals remind residents that open burning is prohibited, unless first approved.

A permit is required for all bonfires and controlled burning in Fairfax County, and the towns of Clifton, Herndon, and Vienna.

Recreational fires, outdoor solid fuel burning devices, and open-flame cooking devices are allowed, in accordance with the Fire Prevention Code. For questions about open burning and recreational fires, contact the Fire Inspections Branch of the Fire Marshal's Office at 703-246-4849 or visit

For more information, call Daniel L. Schmidt or Captain I Randal Bittinger,
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, 703-246-3801 and TTY: 711.
Duty PIO (Weekends/After-hours): 703-877-3702
Fairfax County is committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of disability in all county programs,
services and activities. Reasonable accommodations will be provided upon request.
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Fairfax, VA 22030

Last Modified: Monday, August 29, 2011

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