|A statewide moratorium on outdoors burning
is in effect.|
Governor Bob Wise has placed a ban on all outdoor burning starting at
midnight Sunday (10/28/01). The ban has resulted from extremely dry
conditions with new fallen leaves, resulting in a high potential for forest
There will be no outdoor fires, including campfires or debris fires.
The ban does not include liquid-fueled gas fire stoves, grills or lanterns.
Enforcing the ban are the Office of Emergency Services, Division of Forestry, Department of Natural Resources, State Fire Marshall and
the West Virginia State Police.
An outbreak of forest fires prompted Governor
Bob Wise to declare a state of
emergency, yesterday. Wise called up 100 National Guard
troops to help battle the blazes.
The state Division of Forestry says there have
been 230 fires statewide that have burned more
than nine-thousand acres just in the last week.
Since the fire season began October 1, the
state has seen nearly 300 forest fires. About 85
percent were intentionally set or caused by
The department's daily fire report shows fires
are burning in Grant, Hardy, Braxton, Clay,
McDowell, Wyoming, Boone, Kanawha,
Lincoln, Mingo and Wayne counties.
Below-average rainfall totals, high winds and
warm temperatures have helped fuel the fires.
Wise says the National Guard is needed to help
keep the fires under control.