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Manchin issues burning ban for Eastern Panhandle

September 03, 2010

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin has issued a ban on all outdoor burning in the eight counties in the state's Eastern Panhandle, including Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan counties, according to a press release from the West Virginia Division of Forestry.

The ban will take effect Tuesday at 8 a.m. and will remain in effect until Manchin rescinds the order, according to the release.

The ban includes fires built for camping, the burning of debris or for warming purposes, according to the release.

The following items are excluded from the restrictions:

o Liquid-fueled gas grills and lanterns or liquid-fueled gas fire stoves.

o Fires for the purpose of chemical production, where fire is essential to operation.

o Fires for commercial land clearing, such as mining, highway construction and development, provided that a permit is obtained before burning from the Division of Forestry.

o Training fires conducted under the direct control and supervision of qualified instructors at a training facility operated by a fire department or government entity, provided that a permit is obtained before burning from the Division of Forestry.

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o Fires for outdoor cooking conducted for fundraising events and charitable organizations, provided that a water source capable of extinguishing the fire must be present and a permit is obtained before the event from the Division of Forestry.

For more information on the outdoor burning ban, go to the Division of Forestry's website at http://www.wvforestry.com.

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