West Virginia - Wild and Wonderful

About West Virginia

West Virginia is noted for its mountains and diverse topography, its historically significant logging and coal mining industries, and its political and labor history. It is one of the most densely karstic areas in the world, making it a choice area for recreational caving and scientific research.

Business

West Virginia is full of opportunity for any business with a growing economy and a highly dedicated workforce. Whether you are running an existing business or thinking of starting a new business you can find all of the information you need throughout this business section.

Education

West Virginia is fortunate to have a tremendous education system with a high standard of excellence. Please use the information provided here to learn more about the wealth of educational opportunities in our great state.

Employment

West Virginia is home to one of the finest workforces in the country based on our hard work and commitment to quality. Whether you are looking for new job opportunities, enhancing your job skills or researching future employment trends you can find all of the information you need throughout this employment section.

Family

West Virginia offers the perfect balance of a rural and urban setting that suits a variety of lifestyles. This is a state where you can go whitewater rafting in the morning, go to an art exhibit in the afternoon and attend a concert in the evening. Whether you just moved to the Mountain State or your family has been here since it was founded, you are part of our community.

Health

Maintaining proper health is vital to ensuring the highest quality of life possible. West Virginia strives to provide one of the best health care systems in the country that is affordable and available to all residents of the state. This section contains numerous resources to assist you in accessing the health care services provided in the state.

Tourism

Exhilarate in the lasting beauty and natural wonder scattered throughout West Virginia. From unmatched outdoor recreation to world-class resorts, breathtaking scenery and a variety of cultural and historic attractions, West Virginia is an ideal spot to plan your next adventure. Discover for yourself what makes West Virginia wild and wonderful.

 Outdoor Burning Restrictions Start Oct. 1; Fall forest fire season runs through Dec. 31

9/22/2009 CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia’s fall forest fire season starts Oct. 1 and runs through Dec. 31.  During the three months of October, November and December, all outdoor burning is prohibited from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Residents may burn vegetative materials, including brush, leaves and limbs, only after 4 p.m.  Anyone conducting outdoor burning must stay with the fire until it is completely extinguished, and all burning must be concluded prior to 7 a.m. 

Other outdoor-burning requirements include clearing a safety strip of at least 10 feet around the materials being burned. To prevent wayward sparks from igniting a forest fire, the strip must be cleared down to the mineral soil.

Division of Forestry officials anticipate that West Virginia will have forest fires despite the ample rainfall the state received this past summer.  “Forests can dry out very quickly in the fall,” said Assistant State Forester Ben Webster.  “Just a few days of dry weather can cause wildfire danger to escalate quickly.” 

Webster recommends common sense when conducting outdoor burning, and suggests keeping a rake, shovel and water hose nearby in case a fire does escape.  If a fire breaks over into the woods, Webster says to call 911 immediately. 

In the case of an escaped fire, the person who set it is liable for the costs of fighting the fire and must pay for any damages to other people’s property.  This also may result in a misdemeanor charge and a fine of up to $300.   

For more information about the state’s outdoor burning laws, visit the Division of Forestry’s Web site at www.wvforestry.com.

Contact Information

Ben Webster
304-558-2788
ben.c.webster@wv.gov