Regulations regarding open burning in Lynchburg are set forth in Chapter 4 of the City Code (Sec. 4; Chapters 62, 64, 65).
Open burning is permitted on site for the destruction of leaves from September 15 through February 15, of each year, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., located on the premises of private property, with the permission of the property owner, provided that the conditions are met:
- The burning takes place on the premises of the private property; and
- The location of the burning is not less than 300 feet from any occupied building unless the occupants have given prior written permission, other than a building located on the property on which the burning is conducted; and
- The location of the burning is at least ten feet from adjoining property lines and the public streets or other public rights-of-way. The location of the burning may be less than ten feet from adjoining property lines, provided the adjoining property owner(s) has given prior written permission for such burning. The location of the burning may be less than ten feet from the public streets or other public rights-of-way, provided the fire marshal's office has given prior written permission for such burning.
- At least one person of 16 years of age or older is supervising, and in close proximity to the burning at all times
- A water hose, at least one-half inch in diameter, with nozzle, connected to a fully charged, operational, outside bib spigot, is in close proximity to the burning at all times.
- The atmospheric conditions are acceptable, as determined by the fire marshal's office. It shall be the duty of the fire marshal's office to advise the news media in the city on those days on which the atmospheric conditions are unacceptable.
- Citizens must check with the fire marshal's office prior to setting fires.
(Ord. No. O-07-037, 3-13-07)