West Virginia Camp Fires

WV State Spring Fire Laws 2010:
1. All outdoor burning is prohibited between 7 am – 4 pm.

2. All outdoor fires must have a safety strip minimum distance of 10 feet.

3. In woods, this strip must be cleared down to the mineral soil to lessen the chances of an errant spark escaping into the woods and starting a forest fire.

4. All fires must not be left unattended for any period of time, and must be totally extinguished when tending is finished.

5. Anyone caught breaking the law can be charged with a misdemeanor, fined up to $300, and held liable for costs of fighting the fire and any damage the fire may have caused to others’ property.

In April 2010, the number of forest fires and the number of acres burned increased dramatically from 108 fires and 773 acres on April 1 to 283 fires and 8,457 acres on April 9. Since the burning ban began on April 10, an additional 105 fires were reported and 3,158 acres have been burned.

For the year so far, 388 fires have burned 11,615 acres statewide.

For more information, visit the Division of Forestry’s Web site at www.wvforestry.com.

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