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West Virginia Forestry crews respond to a new season of wildfires


West Virginia’s peak fire season came to a close. Out West, it was just getting started.

Hot, dry conditions are expected to fuel risks of a brutal fire season. The U.S. Drought Monitor reports that 92% of western states are experiencing some level of drought, and 48% of the region is suffering “extreme or exceptional drought condition.”

The West Virginia Division of Forestry (WVDOF) is ready to pitch in and help when called.

“The western states are already getting busy with fires,” said Jeremy Jones, WVDOF deputy state fire supervisor. “We have completed our trainings and we will have a crew available for western fire duties in the next few weeks.”

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