Governor Tomblin Authorizes Burning Ban

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Governor Tomblin Authorizes Burning Ban

 

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin continued travelling throughout the state today meeting with storm victims and local leaders regarding recovery efforts. Gov. Tomblin saw the latest storm recovery progress firsthand in Pleasants, Jackson, Mason, Monroe and Summers counties while First Lady Tomblin travelled to Clay, Webster, Pocahontas and Pendleton counties.

Due to scarce water supplies and the ongoing emergency response efforts related to the recent storms, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin authorized a burning ban, effective immediately and continuing throughout the state of emergency.

"West Virginians across the state continue to clean up yards, homes and communities," said Gov. Tomblin. "With our emergency personnel working hard to provide recovery assistance, along with the unusually dry conditions, we must take extra precautions to help prevent accidental fires."

The governor's proclamation authorizes the West Virginia Division of Forestry and the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources to issue directives regarding the scope of the burning ban.

"State resources are stretched to the limit as emergency personnel work to assist residents with repair and cleanup from the storm," State Forester Randy Dye said. "People are tired, water supplies are down and some roads are still not accessible. As a result, the Division of Forestry is concerned that outdoor burning at this time could create a hazard."

"We are also working to help prevent any unauthorized burning in wildlife management areas," said Director Frank Jezioro, Division of Natural Resources.

For more information visit the Division of Forestry's website at www.wvforestry.com or the Division of Natural Resources' website at www.wvdnr.gov.

Click here to read the proclamation.

Contacts:

Amy Shuler Goodwin, 304-558-4977
Leslie Fitzwater, 304-957-9342