PARKERSBURG, W. Va. (WTAP) - Last Friday, Governor Jim Justice issued a statewide outdoor burning ban until drought conditions improve.
The weather has been very hot and dry for several weeks, so the burning ban was put in place to reduce the risk of wildfires due to a current drought.
Governor Justice also adds, fires built for warming or cooking within fireplaces or fire rings at designated federal and state parks, provided area managers have the authority and discretion to continue the ban on open burning within any designated areas.
During this ban, the Parkersburg Fire Department will not be issuing burn permits.
People will not be able to grill outdoors unless it is on a propane grill.
The fire department is glad that the burn ban is in place because it will help keep the community safe.
"It's for safety and we want to make sure that everyone stays safe and mainly in the city. There's a lot of homes close by each other and we definitely don't want a brush fire reaching homes," said Chief Matthews.
For any questions on the ban, you can give the Parkersburg Fire Department a call (304) 424-8470.