Property owned by Westvaco in the Laurel Creek area of Wood County, was one of 50 acres in the area hit Friday and Saturday by wildfires.
Had it not been such a wet spring, we might have seen similar fires all summer. But three months of virtually rainless weather are catching up with us.
"We've heard of a lot of smaller fires this summer due to unnatural causes," says local forester Gerald Waybright. "If you have a spark, it's going to cause a fire."
Last year, fires burned up nearly 75,000 acres in the Mountain State. A lot of them happened prior to the fall fire season.
"We haven't made up our deficit from two years ago in groundwater," Waybright says. "It's real dry right now, and if we don't get more rain before the first of October, we're going to be hurting as far as wildfires."
As of now, no burning bans have been issued. But that may change, as we approach the fire season, which begins in October.
Waybright suggests being extra cautious if you're burning outdoors.
An important reminder is: NEVER leave any fire unattended.
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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