Governor Joe Manchin has issued an outdoor burn ban across West Virginia because of an increase in the number of forest fires so far this month.
The ban on all outdoor burning begins at 6 p.m. Saturday and will be in effect until the governor rescinds the order.
The ban includes fires built for camping, burning debris, and warming purposes.
According to a news release, excluded from the ban are the following:
-Fires for the purpose of chemical production, where fire is essential to operation.
-Fires for commercial land-clearing, such as mining, highway construction, and development: Provided that a permit is obtained from the Division of Forestry prior to burning.
-Training fires conducted under the direct control and supervision of qualified instructors at a training facility operated by a fire department or government entity: Provided that a permit for such training fires is obtained from the Division of Forestry prior to burning.
-Fires for outdoor cooking conducted for fundraising events and charitable organizations: Provided that a water source capable of extinguishing the fire must be present and a permit is obtained from the Division of Forestry prior to the operation.
-Grills, lanterns or liquid-fueled gas fire stoves.
For more information about forest fires in West Virginia, visit the Division of Forestry’s Web site at www.wvforestry.com.