Justice lifts statewide burn ban

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Governor Jim Justice has officially ended the statewide ban on all types of outdoor burning.

The state has received sufficient rainfall over the past several days to warrant ending the outdoor burning ban.

Standard fall burning season laws and regulations take effect immediately.

The burning of forestland, grass, grain, stubble, slash, debris, or other inflammable materials is now allowed; only from the hours of 5 p.m. to 7 a.m.

Small fires set for the purpose of preparing food, or providing light or warmth are permitted anytime without a burning permit, provided all grass, brush, stubble, or other debris has been removed for a minimum distance of 10 feet from the fire in all directions.

Additionally, fires must be attended at all times and all fires must be fully extinguished before 7 a.m. daily.

Residents caught in violations of these regulations face citations and fines up to $1,000.