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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHARLESTON WV
229 PM EST THU MAR 1 2012

...PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT...

SPRING FIRE SEASON FOR THE STATE OF WEST VIRGINIA RUNS FROM
MARCH 1ST THROUGH MAY 31ST. FROM MARCH 1ST THROUGH MAY 31ST...WEST
VIRGINIA LAW PROHIBITS ALL OUTDOOR BURNING BETWEEN THE HOURS OF
7AM AND 5PM. SPRING IS A DANGEROUS TIME FOR FOREST FIRES IN WEST
VIRGINIA AS OFTEN WARM...AND SOMETIMES DRY AND WINDY
WEATHER...COMBINES WITH DEAD FUELS FROM WINTER TO CREATE AN
ENHANCED FIRE DANGER.

ALL BURNING BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 7AM AND 5PM...OR UNDER EXTREMELY
DRY OR WINDY CONDITIONS...SHOULD BE AVOIDED. WHEN BURNING
DEBRIS...SUPERVISE ALL FIRES UNTIL THEY ARE COMPLETELY
EXTINGUISHED...KEEP A RAKE...SHOVEL...AND A WATER SOURCE SUCH AS A
HOSE NEARBY IN CASE THE FIRE DOES ESCAPE. ALSO...CREATE A 10 FOOT
PERIMETER AROUND THE FIRE SO THAT IT DOES NOT SPREAD AWAY FROM YOU.
IN ADDITION...CAUTION SHOULD BE EXERCISED TO PREVENT FIRES...SUCH AS
AVOIDING SMOKING OUTDOORS IN FIRE PRONE AREAS...TAKING CARE TO
PREVENT SPARKS FROM EQUIPMENT OR MACHINERY FROM TRIGGERING FIRE
STARTS...AND EDUCATING CHILDREN ABOUT THE DANGERS OF PLAYING WITH
FIRE.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON WEST VIRGINIA FIRE LAWS CONTACT THE WEST
VIRGINIA DIVISION OF FORESTRY OR YOUR LOCAL FIRE DEPARTMENT.

IF A FIRE DOES GET OUT OF CONTROL...CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY.

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