The Suffolk Department of Fire & Rescue's Fire Prevention Bureau wants to remind citizens that there is no open air burning allowed from May 1st through September 30. This restriction comes from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality and was also adopted as an Ordinance by Suffolk's City Council. The open burn ban includes all types of burning from burning in a barrel to commercial land clearing operations. The use of special incineration devices is also included. In Suffolk, failure to comply with the burn ban can result in a fine of up to $2,500 and one year in jail as well as a bill for extinguishing the fire.
Commercial fire pits, fire bowls and chimineas are considered recreational fires by City Code and do not require a permit. These devices are exempt from the "Summer Burn Ban" For additional information on open burning in the City of Suffolk, go to www.suffolkva.us/fire/fire-prevention-public-education/open-burning-and-recreational-fires or contact the Fire Prevention Bureau at 514-4550.