Recent Calls
Sat. Jul 30th 2016
Company 5 Fire responds for landing zone request from Charlotte Co. Rescue at the Meherrin helipad. VCU LifeEvac 1 responded for patient care. Company 5 operated with Squad 5 and Support 5 with 7 pers...
Tue. Jul 26th 2016
Squad 5 responded with request from Prince Edward Vol. Rescue Squad for a 2 vehicle crash at the intersection of Highway 460 & Holly Farms Farm in Rice, Va. Law Enforcement on scene advising 2 ve...
Tue. Jul 26th 2016
Company 5 responded to Washington Street in Meherrin for the report of smoke from a vent in a residence. Engine 5 arrived to find a single story structure with nothing showing. Investigation by memb...
Tue. May 24th 2016
Company 5 Fire & Rescue along with Keysville Vol. Fire Dept, Charlotte Co. Sheriffs Office and Virginia State Police responded in front of the Keysville Drive Inn for a tractor trailer accident of...
Mon. Nov 4th 2013
On November 4th @ 12:58 Company 5 - Meherrin (1st due) and Company 2 - Hampden Sydney (2nd due) were dispatched to the 13000 block of Farmville Road for a reported shed/barn fire. An arriving POV unit...
News Headlines
Thu. Oct 4th 2018
Hook & Ladder Softball Tournament will be hosted by the Meherrin Volunteer Fire & Rescue on October 20-21 of 2018. Anyone who is interested in putting a team together in the tournament please ...
Thu. Jul 12th 2018
During Tuesday night monthly meeting members voted to add another tool to better serve the community of Meherrin and the surrounding areas. We voted to sell our back up Medi unit Medic 5-2 which is al...
Thu. Jul 12th 2018
Members with the Meherrin Fire/Rescue have put countless hours to remodel the engine that we have purchased from the Farmville Fire Department and it has been in service for the last 6 months. This pu...
Sun. May 4th 2014
On May 4th, Asst, Chief Pyle and Engineer Nash were on hand at the Farmville Moose Lodge to receive a $500 donation on behalf of the department. The Moose Lodge made several donations to area fire and...
Fri. Nov 1st 2013
CFS (Container First Services) made a donation to all Lunenburg County Fire & Rescue services. CFS recently purchased the Lunenburg County Landfill and its dumpster operations, with a $50,000 dona...
4PM Burn Law In Effect
Mon. Feb 15th 2010

The 4PM Burn Law is now in effect and will not expire until April 30, 2010.

What is the 4 p.m. Law?
The 4 p.m. Law is a ban (or restriction) on open air burning before 4 o'clock in the afternoon if your fire is within 300 feet of the woods or dry grass which can carry the fire to the woods. You are allowed to burn between 4 p.m and midnight as long as you take proper care and precaution and attend your fire at all times.

When is the 4 p.m. Law in effect?
The law goes into effect on February 15th each year and runs through April 30th.

Why is there a 4 p.m. Law?
The 4 p.m. Law was adopted during the 1940's to reduce the number of wildfires which occurred each spring. During this time of the year, Virginia traditionally has an increased number of fires. During the winter months, winds are usually elevated, the relative humidity is lower and the fuels on the forest floor are extremely dry, having "cured" without having the tree leaves to shade them.

Why 4 o'clock?
After 4 p.m., winds usually calm down and the relative humidity levels are on the increase, both of which reduce the potential for a debris fire or any outdoor open air fire to escape your control.

What is the main cause of wildfires in Virginia?
Debris burning is the Number One cause of wildfires, closely followed by intentionally set or "arson" fires.

How many wildfires burn in Virginia each year and how many acres are burned?
Virginia has records which date back to 1925, and our 30 year average is 1,449 fires for 8,338 acres per year. 1941 saw the most fires with 3,697, and 1930 had the most acreage burned at 333,023 acres.

Can I have a campfire if I put rocks around it?
NO. Campfires are considered an open air fire. A pit fire or campfire may be approved if it meets ALL the following conditions: Fire is BELOW GROUND LEVEL, continuously monitored AND completely enclosed with cinder blocks AND a ¼" or smaller metal screen is placed over the enclosure. Extra precautions should be taken to clear a 20-foot circle of all flammable materials and have water and a shovel available.

If I take all precautions with my fire after 4 p.m. and it does escape and start a fire, am I responsible for the suppression cost?
Yes. Although you may have taken all proper precautions and obtained any locally required permits, whoever started the fire is responsible should the fire escape.

What is the penalty for violating the 4 p.m. law?
Violation of the 4 p.m. law is a class 3 misdemeanor with a fine of not more than $500.

Can I use my charcoal or gas fire fired barbeque grill?
Yes, however you must take proper care and precaution by clearing all flammable material from around it and you must stay with it until it is completely extinguished or turned off.

Are building contractors and road construction jobs exempt from the 4 p.m. law?
No, however if the burning operations are greater than 300 feet from the woods or flammable grass/vegetation which would allow the fire to spread to the woods the 4 p.m. law does not apply.

Farmville ECC                434-392-3332
Lunenburg S.O.            434-696-4452
Charlotte S.O.               434-542-5141
Nottoway S.O.              434-645-9044
Cumberland S.O.          804-492-4626
Buckingham S.O.          434-969-1772
For more information regarding this law contact your local fire department or

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