Fire Marshal

Control Burn Guidelines

Open air burning within the Town of Rocky Mount is prohibited. If you have any questions, contact the Town at 540-483-5243.

Open air burning in the County is allowed from 9:00a.m. to 12 midnight from January 1st to February 14th and May 1st to December 31st. Please check the "News" section on our homepage for any current burn bans or restrictions.

Rules for Any Type of Open Burning

  • Fires must be constantly attended until extinguished and no longer smoldering.
  • Attendees must provide adequate fire extinguishing equipment to control the fire.
  • The Virginia Division of Forestry requires the following:

The Virginia Department of Forestry requires that any open burning from February 15 through April 30 of each year, within 300 feet of woodland, brushland, or field containing dry grass or other combustible material leading to woodland, be done between the hours of 4:00p.m. and 12:00 midnight. 

See the County Code for the complete Code on Control Burning in the County.

Contact the county Fire Marshal’s office at 540-483-3091, Monday through Friday from 8a.m. to 4:30p.m. with any questions. 

You can submit an online Control Burn Notification Form for the County of Franklin.

Request Fire Report

If you would like to obtain a Fire Report from our Fire Marshal’s Office, please complete the online Fire Report Request. There is a $10.00 administrative fee for each Fire Report requested.

Smoke Detectors

Franklin County Public Safety wants to ensure that every home in the County has a working smoke detector. Smoke detector availability is limited; if available, we will install them in the appropriate areas of your home free of charge.

If you are a tenant in need of a smoke detector, please notify your landlord of this requirement as soon as possible. 

If you are a resident of the Town of Rocky Mount, Virginia, please contact the Town Managers office at 540-483-5243.

If you, a neighbor, or family members are without smoke detectors in your home and are a Franklin County, Virginia resident who owns and lives in the home as your primary residence, complete the Smoke Detector Installation Form.

Smoke detectors can save lives!

Knox Box

The Knox Box Entry System Program is an effort by the Franklin County Public Safety to provide property owners within Franklin County, Virginia a secure system that provides rapid, nondestructive, emergency access to commercial buildings. A Knox Box is a secure key vault that is installed on the exterior of a building near the main entrance. This box contains building keys to provide access for the Fire Department in emergency situations. Learn more by browsing our frequently asked questions.