All controlled burns should be reported to the Office of Emergency Services, Fire & Ambulance-non emergency, at 304-258-0305 so fire trucks will not be dispatched if your fire is reported.
Morning and afternoon outdoor-burning restrictions for the spring start March 1 and run through May 31 and for the fall start October 1 and run through December 31. Between 7:00am and 5:00pm no outdoor burning is permitted.
Commercial permits to burn during the prohibited periods may be issued by the local Division of Forestry office. For more information contact:
HERBERT PEDDICORD, JR.
(304) 541-9285 (cell)
Year-round requirements for burning outdoors include the following:
A safety strip of at least 10 feet must be placed around the burning materials. To prevent wayward sparks from igniting a forest fire, the strip must be cleared down to the mineral soil.
Fires must be attended to at all times and cannot be unattended until fully extinguished.
A violation of any outdoor-burning restrictions may result in a misdemeanor charge, a fine of up to $300 and liability for costs of fighting the fire and the damage caused by the fire to property.
To find out more about West Virginia’s fire laws go to www.WVForestry.com