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Posted on: November 16, 2023

Louisa County Enacts Burn Prohibition

**UPDATE: Louisa County has lifted the burn ban enacted on November 16, 2023. The original message regarding the burn ban is below for reference.**

Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                     
November 16, 2023                                              

Louisa County Enacts Burn Prohibition

LOUISA, VIRGINIA – Due to worsening dry conditions along with a weather pattern that is expected to bring an increase in wind, the County of Louisa is prohibiting open-air burning until further notice, pursuant to the County of Louisa Ordinance Section 42-2.b. 

This burn ban will prohibit the following:

  • Burning of brush, leaves, grass, trash, debris or any other flammable material
  • The ignition or maintenance of any open fire within the County
  • Agricultural burning (agricultural wastes, crops, field burning, etc.)
  • Residential, commercial or industrial burning

The prohibition does not apply to charcoal, gas or liquid-fired grills. Any fires being conducted shall be extinguished immediately.

Any person violating the provisions shall be guilty of a class 3 misdemeanor and subject to a fine of not more than $500.00 for each separate offense, and shall in addition to such penalties be liable for all costs incurred in controlling or attempting to control any fire resulting from prohibited burning.  

Helpful hints during these conditions:

  • Do not toss cigarettes or cigars on the ground or from a vehicle. It is dangerous and illegal. 
  • Adjust your trailer chains so they do not drag the pavement, creating sparks while driving.
  • Do not burn anything in barrels during this time.
  • Check lawnmowers and farm equipment for properly working spark arresters.
  • Be cautious using lawnmowers to mulch leaves as hot bearings and exhaust can easily start a fire.
  • Move anything that will burn far away from structures, items like firewood, dry and dead landscaping plants, compost piles, brush piles, etc.
  • Notify your electric company when dead trees or overhanging limbs endanger electric wires.

If any further information is needed, please call the Louisa County Fire and EMS Office at (540) 967-3491.


Duane Adams, Chairman
Board of Supervisors

Cindy King
Phone: (540) 894-6517

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