Gov. Joe Manchin has lifted the statewide burning ban.

Recent rainfall made the move possible.

Now, the regular spring forest fire season laws once again will be in effect through May 31.

From April 1-9 the number of acres burned increased during that period from 773 to 8,457, causing the burning ban.

So far this year, 388 fires have burned 11,615 acres in West Virginia.


- All outdoor burning is prohibited between the hours of 7 a.m. and 4 p.m.

- All outdoor fires must have a safety strip for a minimum distance of 10 feet around the materials being burned. This strip must be cleared down to the mineral soil to lessen the chances of an errant spark escaping into the woods and starting a forest fire.

- All fires must be totally extinguished and not left unattended for any period of time.

- Anyone caught breaking the law can be charged with a misdemeanor, fined up to $300, and held liable for costs of fighting the fire and any damage the fire may have caused to others' property.

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