Outdoor burning banned across West Virginia due to dry conditions

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PARKERSBURG, W. Va. (WTAP) - According to a press release sent out by governor Jim Justice's office, all outdoor burning has been banned across the state of West Virginia starting on September 20th.

The reasoning behind the ban is drier than average conditions across the state which have led to a drought.

There are some exceptions to the ban which include the following:
ires for the purpose of chemical production, where fire is essential to operation.
-Fires for commercial land-clearing efforts like mining, highway construction, and development. A pit-burner is required for these fires. A permit shall be 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. A permit shall be obtained from the Division of Forestry prior to burning.

-Fires for commercial outdoor cooking, including cooking for fairs and festivals. A water source capable of extinguishing the fire must be present.

-Liquid-fueled gas fire stoves, grills, or lanterns.