The Spring forest fire burning season begins Mar 1 and runs through May 31. The regulations are different for those residing within the municipal boundaries of the City of Parkersburg.
FOR CITY OF PARKERSBURG RESIDENTS
A burning permit, issued by the fire department, is required to burn in Parkersburg. There is no charge for the permit.
Here are some guidelines:
FOR WOOD COUNTY RESIDENTS LIVING OUTSIDE A MUNICIPALITY
No person shall during ANY such fire season, except between the hours of 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. prevailing time, set on fire or cause to be set on fire any forest land, or any grass, grain, stubble, slash, debris, or other inflammable materials. Any fire set during this time shall be extinguished prior to 7:00 a.m. prevailing time. Such prohibition of fires between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. prevailing time shall not be construed to include (1) small fires set for the purpose of food preparation, or providing light or warmth around which all grass, brush, stubble, or other debris has been removed for a distance of ten feet from the fire, and (2) burning which may be conducted at any time when the ground surrounding the burning site is covered by one inch or more of snow.
No burning may be done unless all inflammable material has been removed from around the material to be burned as a safety strip for a distance which insures that the fire will not escape and which is not less than 10 feet. If fire escapes beyond the safety strip, the person responsible shall be guilty of misdemeanor.
There have been times in drought, windy conditions and other unforeseen circumstances that the Governor may issue a ban on all outdoor burning. These bans will be distributed via local media outlets.
It is recommended that residents living outside of the city to consult with their local volunteer fire department or WV Division of Forestry at 304-420-4550 with questions regarding outdoor burning.
For more information about fire safety, visit the Parkersburg Fire Department at: www.OnlyMinutesAway.com
This article was written by Chief Taylor