DIAL 9-1-1 IN THE EVENT OF AN EMERGENCY.

This electronic can form can be used to report your controlled burn (burning brush or yard waste). Do not use this form to report an emergency.

If you have questions concerning controlled burns, contact the West Virginia Division of Forestry at (304) 822-4512.

If you have any difficulty using this form, or wish to report your controlled burn by phone, dial (304)-258-0305 and a Morgan County Emergency Telecommunicator will be happy to assist you.

Open burning of land clearing debris must be approved by the WV Forestry Dept. This includes Vegetative material generated by clearing of land for purposes of preparation for development, construction, mining or other such activity may be open burned provided there is no practical alternative disposal method. Non-vegetative (ex. construction debris) material is not considered land clearing debris. Pit burners should be used whenever practical and may be required in non-rural areas must complete the approval process to conduct open burning form and receive written approval from the state. You can access the necessary state form by clicking
here.

Additional information about controlled burns can be found
here.




BURNING LAWS IN BRIEF (Click for PDF Bulletin)

  • Fires must be attended at all times
  • The area must be cleared down to mineral soil for a minimum distance of 10 feet around what is being burned
  • Only natural vegetation may be burned. No construction material or garbage of any kind may be burned.
  • I understand that if my fire escapes, I am liable for the costs of fighting the fire and any damage the fire may cause to others.
  • I understand that setting fires is a felony and punishable by fine and / or imprisonment.




MARCH 1 – MAY 31
Burning is authorized from 5:00 PM – 7:00 AM

OCTOBER 1 – DECEMBER 31
Burning is authorized from 5:00 PM – 7:00 AM

BURNING BEFORE 5:00 PM IS ILLEGAL ANY OTHER TIME OF THE YEAR BY WEST VIRGINIA STATE LAW.

VIOLATING THIS LAW IS SUBJECT TO A MAXIMUM $1,000 FINE.

The periods of each year between March 1 and May 31, inclusive, and October 1 and December 31, inclusive, are hereby designated as Forest Fire Seasons. No person shall during ANY such fire season, except between the hours of 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. prevailing time, set on fire or cause to be set on fire any forest land, or any grass, grain, stubble, slash, debris, or other inflammable materials. Any fire set during this time shall be extinguished prior to 7:00 a.m. prevailing time. Such prohibition of fires between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. prevailing time shall not be construed to include (1) small fires set for the purpose of food preparation, or providing light or warmth around which all grass, brush, stubble, or other debris has been removed for a distance of ten feet from the fire, and (2) burning which may be conducted at any time when the ground surrounding the burning site is covered by one inch or more of snow. No burning may be done unless all inflammable material has been removed from around the material to be burned as a safety strip for a distance which insures that the fire will not escape and which is not less than 10 feet. If fire escapes beyond the safety strip, the person responsible shall be guilty of a misdemeanor. Before leaving ANY fire for ANY period of time, it must be totally extinguished. Commercial permits to burn during the prohibited periods may be issued by the Division of Forestry. All sawmills, power shovels, or an engine or machine capable of throwing sparks must be provided with an adequate spark arrestor if operating on land subject to fire by any cause. All inflammable waste disposal areas on ANY land must annually have removed all grass, brush, debris and other inflammable material adjacent to such disposal areas to provide adequate protection to prevent the escape of fire to adjacent lands. The State shall recover from the person or persons, firms or corporations whose negligence or whose violations of any provisions of this article cause ANY fire at ANY time on any grass or forest land the amount expended by the State. A landowner must take all practicable means to suppress ANY fire on his property. If he fails to do so, the State shall collect from him the amounts expended by the State for such purposes.


It is illegal to burn:

Household trash (burn barrels and / or piles) including paper products such as cardboard, boxes, etc.

Construction, building, or demolition materials (examples: lumber, flooring, roofing material, carpet, plastic, Styrofoam, etc.)

Wood pallets and other packaging materials

Tires or other rubber products

Asbestos-containing materials 
including building materials

Insulation from copper wire

Waste paints, waste oil, or solvents