More than half of West Virginia is under fire warning after the National Weather Service and WV Division of Forestry issued a joint high fire danger alert Saturday, including Calhoun County.

Open burning of any kind in the affected area is considered hazardous, the statement says.

The fire danger alert was posted for Cabell, Mason, Jackson, Wood, Pleasants, Tyler, Lincoln, Putnam, Kanawha, Roane, Wirt, Calhoun, Ritchie, Doddridge, Mingo, Logan, Boone, Clay, Braxton, Gilmer, Lewis, Harrison, Taylor, McDowell, Wyoming, Raleigh, Fayette, Nicholas, Webster, Upshur, Barbour, Pocahontas and Randolph counties.

The state is already under its annual spring daytime outdoor burning ban, which prohibits outdoor fires between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. through May 31.

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