RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia's spring burning restrictions are now in effect.
The state's burning law went into effect Sunday and runs through April 30.
The law prohibits burning before 4 p.m. if a fire is in or within 300 feet of woodland, brushland or fields containing dry grass or other flammable materials.
Violation of the law is misdemeanor punishable by up to a $500 fine. Those who allow a fire to escape are liable for the cost of suppressing the fire as well as any damage caused to others' property.
The Virginia Department of Forestry says debris burning is the leading cause of forest fires in the state.