West Virginia State Burning Laws

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Forest Fire Season

Forest fire season in West Virginia includes the spring and fall seasons, from March 1 through May 31st and October 31st through December 31st. During state forest fire seasons, West Virginians cannot burn debris during daylight hours. Outdoor burning is allowed between the hours of 5 p.m. and 7 a.m. Any outdoor fires must have a minimum 10 foot wide safety strip surrounding them, free of any material or debris that could burn. Such fires require constant supervision and can't be left alone.

Wildfire Penalties

If a fire for which you're responsible spreads and starts a wildfire, expect a fine ranging from $100 to $1,000. The state might also bill you for the funds required to suppress the fire, whether on your property or state land.


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