Red flags are already waving for the possibility of a severe fall forest fire season.

The state Division of Forestry says its crews are already busy.

The agency says at least 80 fires have already scorched more than 500 acres of forests across the state.

State Forestry says the worst was caused by a campfire and burned more than 200 acres in Boone County earlier this month.

Forester Randy Dye says people need to be especially cautious this year because of a lack of rain this spring and summer.

The agency says West Virginia's last bad fire season occurred in the fall of 2001, when fires were reported on 80,000 acres.

During the fall fire season, which begins October 1, outdoor burning is banned between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. through the end of the year.