Open air burn ban goes into effect in Franklin County on Saturday

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Officials say an open air burn ban will go into effect in Franklin County on Saturday, April 4. (Photo: Courtesy MGN)

Officials say an open air burn ban will go into effect in Franklin County on Saturday, April 4. (Photo: Courtesy MGN)

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Starting Saturday morning, anyone who violates the Franklin County burn ban may face jail time or a heavy fine.

The Franklin County Department of Public Safety says all open air burning will be prohibited until further notice starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 4 in response to forecasted weather conditions as well as the state of emergency declarations in both Franklin County and Virginia from the coronavirus.

According to county officials, open air burning involves “the burning of any brush, grass, leaves, or other vegetation or any other combustible material that is not contained in an approved container or commercially constructed device that has a metal mesh spark arresting screen in place.”

Violating this open air burning ban is a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and/or a fine of up to $2,500, the department says.

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