WVPB Staff Published

Burn Ban Lifted, Standard Rules Apply

Smoke billows into the sky during a controlled grass burn.
Outdoor burning restrictions on from now to Dec. 31st
Eric Douglas/West Virginia Public Broadcasting

After the state received sufficient rain over the weekend, Gov. Jim Justice announced Monday that the recent statewide ban on all types of outdoor burning is over.

Standard spring burning season laws and regulations are in effect.

  • Burning forestland, grass, grain, stubble, slash, debris, or other materials is allowed only from 5 p.m. to 7 a.m.
  • Small fires set for the purpose of preparing food or providing light or warmth are permitted anytime without a burning permit, provided all grass, brush, stubble, or other debris has been removed for a minimum distance of 10 feet from the fire in all directions.
  • Additionally, fires must be attended to at all times, and all fires must be fully extinguished before 7 a.m. daily.

Residents caught violating these regulations face citations and fines of up to $1,000.

The original burn ban was put in place on April 17, 2023 due to expected high winds and dry conditions.

View original proclamation.