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Fire Burning Guidelines



West Virginia holds strict standards for forest fire laws in order to protect one of the state’s most valuable resources – our forests. Please be completely familiar with the following requirements any time you are burning outdoors:
All fires must have a ring or safety strip.

The safety strip itself must be cleared of burnable material and be at least 10 feet wide, fully encompassing the debris pile.

Fire must be attended until completely extinguished.

Only vegetative materials such as leaves, brush and yard clippings are permitted to be burnt.

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