The windy and dry weather could cause conditions to be perfect for forest and brush fires.
The West Virginia Division of Forestry officials remind residents that the state’s spring forest fire season starts March 1 and runs through May 31.
The West Virginia Division of Forestry reminds residents that restricted burning regulations are effective through May 31. Outdoor burning is prohibited from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Outdoor burning is allowed from 5 p.m. to 7 a.m. and all fires must be extinguished by 7 a.m.
State law requires a ring or safety strip around outdoor fires to keep the fire from spreading into the woods. This safety strip must be cleared of all burnable material and be at least 10 feet wide completely around the debris pile.
Additional requirements of the state’s fire laws include staying on-site until the fire is completely extinguished, and only burning vegetative materials like leaves, brush and yard clippings.
Anyone who does plan on burning should take extra precautions.
If you allow a fire you have started to escape and it causes a wildfire or forest fire, you will be subject to fines ranging from $100 to $1,000. An additional civil penalty of $200 also will be assessed against you.
To find out more about West Virginia’s burning laws and where to obtain a burning permit, visit the Division of Forestry’s website, www.wvforestry.com.