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 March 1

2/23/2009 CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Officials at the Division of Forestry remind West Virginia residents that the spring forest fire season begins Sunday, March 1.  Starting Sunday, no outdoor fires will be allowed during the daytime hours of 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Fires to burn brush or other vegetative debris may only be started after 4 p.m. and must be extinguished by 7 a.m.  Outdoor burning is restricted to evening hours when cooler temperatures, increased humidity and calmer winds reduce the likelihood of fires spreading.

Fire Staff Assistant Ben Webster says that since Jan. 1, the state has already had nearly 100 fires that have burned approximately 800 acres.  “We’ve seen quite a few fires so far this year despite the snow and rain most of the state has received.  Half of those were the direct result of fires where people started to burn debris that later were allowed to escape and burn multiple acres.”

Webster says that almost all forest fires in West Virginia can be prevented, especially if residents use common sense.  “If an area is extremely dry, wait until rain has fallen before burning outdoors, and never start a fire on a windy day.”  He recommends keeping a rake, shovel and water hose nearby in case the fire does escape, and urges people to call 911 if they can’t easily extinguish the escaped blaze. Webster says that any violation of the outdoor-burning restrictions, including allowing a fire to escape containment, may result in a misdemeanor charge, a fine of up to $300 plus liability for costs of fighting the fire and the damage caused by the fire to property.

Other requirements for burning outdoors include clearing a safety strip of at least 10 feet around burning materials and attending the fire at all times until it is fully extinguished. 

For more information about the spring forest fire season, visit the Division of Forestry’s Web site at www.wvforestry.com.

Contact Information

Ben Webster
304-558-2778
ben.c.webster@wv.gov