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Virginia’s 4 PM Burning Law is in effect from February 15 through April 30 each year. 

The 4 PM Burning Law bans open-air burning prior to 4:00 p.m. if the fire is within 300 feet of the woods or dry grass which could carry fire to the woods. Burning is allowed between 4:00 p.m. and midnight as long as the burner takes proper precautions and attends the fire at all times.

It is critical that burners take precautions before using fire, as there may be legal and financial implications. Even if a person takes all proper precautions and obtains any locally required permits, whoever started the fire is responsible for suppressions costs should the fire escape. Violation of the 4 PM Burning Law is a Class 3 misdemeanor with a fine of not more than $500.

Open-Air Burning

The 4 PM Burning Law applies to open-air burning, which means any outdoor fire that is not covered and/or contained within non-flammable barriers and the smoke from the fire does not pass through a chimney. For example, a typical campfire is considered an open-air fire. However, an open-air fire MAY be acceptable if it meets the following criteria: it is completely contained within a ring of rocks, cinderblocks, metal ring, or a similar device and is covered by a ¼ inch or smaller metal screen.

If these criteria are met, the fire still must be attended at all times, and all flammable material should be cleared from a 20-foot area around the fire. Campers must also have ready access to water, rake and shovel.

Fires built in commercially-available fire pits, which are completely contained, with a ¼-inch or smaller metal screen across the top of the fire box are not considered open-air fires and are therefore legal, IF they are in good condition to prevent the spread of fire to surrounding areas. Check with local authorities and/or DOF with any concerns or questions.

Exemptions to the 4 PM Burning Law

This law does not apply to charcoal or gas-fired barbecue grills. However, open-air charcoal grills like those found in a park setting are considered open-air fires and must comply with the 4 PM Burning Law. Users are still encouraged to take proper care and precaution by clearing all flammable material from around the grill and stay with it until it is completely extinguished or turned off.

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Prince George County has 35 full-time personnel, five Volunteer Fire Companies, a system volunteer program and an Administrative Office. The men and women who make up the organization work hand-in-hand with several other agencies to make Prince George a safe place to live, learn, work, and raise a family.

We provide an All-Hazards response system to include Fire Suppression, Emergency Medical Services, Fire Safety and Public Education, Emergency Management, Hazardous Materials Response, and Technical Rescue.

With a population of over 42,880 Prince George County spans over 282 square miles of suburban and rural terrain. 17 Miles of the James river and 10 miles of the Appomattox river border Prince George County. We are bordered by the cities of Hopewell, Petersburg, Colonial Heights, Army base Fort Greg-Adams, the Counties of Sussex, Surry, Dinwiddie, and Chesterfield.  Each year, Prince George Fire, EMS, and Emergency Management responders answer over 5100 calls for service.

To be foremost in public safety.

To provide quality services through the dedication of our people.

Honor- we believe in honesty, fairness, and integrity.
Respect- we will embrace the diversity of others and be courteous.
Accountability- we will hold ourselves and all organization members responsible for our actions.
Integrity- we will conduct ourselves in a manner that will not bring discredit to the organization.
Trust- we will earn the trust of each other, and to all we serve by fulfilling our obligations.
Compassion- we will be understanding to other's feelings, needs, and concerns and strive to alleviate others' distress.
Quality Customer Service- we will do everything in our ability to meet the needs of and accommodate the citizens, patrons, and visitors of Prince George County.

  "Neighbors Helping Neighbors"

Contact Information
The Fire & EMS office is open Mon - Fri, 8:30am - 5:00 pm

6602 Courts Drive, 2nd Floor
P.O. Box 68
Prince George, VA  23875

Fire Administration Office:  (804) 722-8614
Fire Administration Fax:  (804) 733-2769
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Interim Chief of Fire, EMS, & Emergency Management

Chris Taylor 804-722-8614
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