- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 1, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A ban on daytime outdoor burning in West Virginia is in effect for the next three months.

The state’s fall forest fire season began Wednesday and will run through Dec. 31. Outdoor burning is prohibited between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. during the fire season.

State law limits outdoor burning to leaves, brush yard clippings and other vegetative materials.

Commercial and public utility burning is allowed in the daytime. A $125 permit from the Division of Forestry is required for each site.

Allowing a fire to escape and cause a forest fire or wildfire carries fines ranging from $100 to $1,000. An additional $200 civil penalty also will be assessed.

It’s also illegal to leave a fire unattended.

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