FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Fall Fire Season Begins October 1
. - Fall forest fire season begins on Friday, October 1 in West Virginia.
Outdoor burning is prohibited between the hours of 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. unless a burning permit is issued by the West Virginia Forestry Department. The Morgantown Fire Department reminds residents to be aware of the following requirements and restrictions:
- Outdoor burning is only permitted during the evening and overnight hours of 5 p.m. to 7 a.m.
- No burning is authorized during the daytime hours of 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Only naturally occurring vegetation and materials can be burned.
- Someone needs to be with the fire at all times.
- A 10-foot safety area needs to be cleared to dirt level around the fire.
- Open fires must be 50-feet away from any structure.
- If your fire escapes, you are responsible for the cost of fighting the fire, and any damage the fire may cause to others.
- Violation of burning laws may result in a fine of up to $1,000.
Special commercial burning permits may be obtained from the local West Virginia Forestry Office in Farmington, West Virginia at 304-825-6983.