While weekend rain has dampened the woods, there is still a high risk of forest fire.

West Virginia's Fall forest fire season begins Thursday and continues through December 31.

During that time, outdoor burning is prohibited between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

After 4:00 p.m., only vegetative materials, like leaves and brush can be burned.

Residents who disobey the burning restrictions are subject to fines up to $300, misdemeanor charges and being liable for property damage.

Forestry officials suggest clearing at least a 10 foot safety strip around all fires and keeping a hose, rake and shovel nearby while fires are burning.

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