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Fire and Rescue
Removal of Debris and Outside Burning
Dangerous storms passed through the Mid-Atlantic States, this past weekend, leaving many areas with downed trees, twisted pieces of metal and other large piles of debris scattered throughout the countryside.  In the aftermath, residents are eager to begin cleaning up and around their homes and neighborhoods in an effort to resume life with some form of normality. In residential areas, outside burning of debris, on site, is prohibited; the preferred method of removal is chipped or shredded or as with other large pieces of debris, transported to the landfill for disposal
As extreme weather persists, conditions for producing brush fires increases. Therefore, the Fire Marshal’s Office would like to alert the community regarding the threat of fire danger whereby outside fires can spread quickly and out of control escalating into multi-alarm incidents threatening woodlands, structures and lives.
Residents are reminded that most outside burn permits are limited to commercial or agriculture operations and as part of the process a comprehensive review of the operation are conducted before a permit will be approved and issued.  To obtain more information or an application for a burn permit, please contact 703-792-6360 or visit our website at, click on Fire Marshal’s Office and click on “Burning Regulations.”


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