Gov. Manchin Bans Outdoor Burning
Gov. Joe Manchin has issued a ban on all outdoor burning that will took effect at 6 p.m. on Saturday. This proclamation will be in effect until the governor rescinds the order.
The ban includes fires built for camping, the burning of debris or for warming purposes; however, the following items are excluded from the restrictions:
-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 fund raising 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.
Since April 1, the number of fires has increased from 108 to 283.
The number of burned acres has escalated from 773 to almost 8,500. Warm, dry weather and windy conditions, plus an abundance of vegetative material like downed trees, limbs, and leaves have led to these increases.
Forty-two percent of these fires have resulted from escaped debris fires.