The statewide ban on outdoor burning is still in effect, according to the Division of Forestry.

"The small amount of rain we have received recently did help control the spread of some forest fires, but it was not enough for the governor to lift the ban," said fire supervisor Coy Mullins.

"The ban will not be rescinded until we get substantial rainfall."

Governor Bob Wise instituted a ban on outdoor burning October 28. Fires built for camping, burning of debris and warming are strictly forbidden.

Any person who starts or fails to extinguish a fire is guilty of a misdemeanor and faces fines up to $300.

Exceptions to the ban are fires produced by liquid-fueled gas fire stoves, grills or lanterns.

For more information, call Forestry Communications Officer Steve Young at 558-2788.

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