Due to significant rainfall in the region, Goochland County has lifted the suspension of open air burning effective immediately.
Accordingly, effective immediately, the Goochland County Fire Marshal hereby lifts the open burning ban for Goochland County originally issued on October 8, 2019 and reinstates previously issued open burning permits that had been suspended. Open burning permits that were suspended during the ban may be extended for the period of time that the suspension was in effect.
It is important to remind all residents and businesses that Goochland County has an Open Burning Ordinance that regulates open burning in the county year-round. Additional information on the Open Burning Ordinance can be found on Goochland County Fire-Rescue and Emergency Services webpage http://www.goochlandva.us/304/Fire-Rescue-and-Emergency-Services and Goochland County’s Code of Ordinances accessible at https://library.municode.com/va/goochland_county/codes/code_of_ordinances. Please remember prior to any open burning, the Goochland County Sheriff’s Office must be notified at (804) 556-5348 with the location and times of the burning.
“Thank you to the Goochland County community for abiding by the open burning ban, your adherence helped to prevent brush and forest fires during a critical time,” remarked Eddie Ferguson, Goochland County Chief of Fire-Rescue & Emergency Services. “We remind everyone to be careful with any kind of ignition sources outside year-round, this includes being very cautious to properly dispose of smoking materials.”
In taking this action, Goochland County joins with its neighboring localities of Chesterfield, Hanover, and Henrico who have recently lifted similar burn bans.
Citizens and businesses with questions about the Open Burning Ordinance can contact Goochland County’s Office of Fire-Rescue & Emergency Services at (804) 556-5304.