Can I have a campfire if I put rocks around it?

No. Campfires are considered an open air fire. A recreational fire such as a campfire may be approved if it meets all the following: the fire is completely contained within a ring of rocks, cinderblocks, metal ring or similar device and also covered by a ¼ inch or smaller metal screen. A fire built in a pit with a similar metal screen may also be approved.

In all cases the fire must be attended at all times and an extra precaution should be taken by clearing a 20 foot area around the "fire" from all flammable material. Ready access to water, rake and shovel should also be provided for. Fires built in commercially available chimineas or fire pits are not considered to be open air fires and therefore legal if they are complete and in good condition to prevent the spread of fire to surrounding areas.

You should check with local authorities and/or the VA Department of Forestry if you have any concerns or questions.

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1. What is the 4 pm Law?
2. When is the 4 pm Law in effect?
3. Why is there a 4 pm Law?
4. Why 4 pm?
5. What is the main cause of wildfires in Virginia?
6. How many wildfires burn in Virginia each year and how many acres are burned?
7. Can I have a campfire if I put rocks around it?
8. If I take all precautions with my fire after 4 pm and it does escape and start a fire, am I responsible for the suppression cost?
9. What is the penalty for violating the 4 pm Law?
10. Can I use my charcoal or gas fire barbeque grill?
11. Are building contractors and road construction jobs exempt from the 4 pm Law?
12. Why are some people allowed to have open air fires before 4 pm when they are within 300 feet of the woods?
13. Can I use a fire pit when the 4 pm Law is in effect?