| The unseasonably record high temperatures and little rainfall this winter has West Virginia Division of Forestry Director Randy Dye concerned about the spring forest fire season which began March 1.|
"You combine all those factors and it makes for a potentially bad, hazardous fire season," Dye said.
The spring season will run through May 31.
"Some parts of the state haven't had any snow at all; therefore, the leaves are drying and fluffy," Dye said. "That makes for prime fire conditions."
The law bans outdoor burning from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Burning is allowed between 5 p.m. and 7 a.m. for vegetation such as brush, leaves and yard clippings. All fires must be extinguished by 7 a.m.
Debris burning is allowed between 5 p.m. and 7 a.m., but Dye said "people need to use common sense." That's because debris burning, he said, has been the biggest cause of wild fires this year.
"Eighty-three percent of the wildfires statewide were caused by debris burning. We've burned 600 acres by debris burning," he said.