Dry conditions fuel forest fires
by Debbie Rolen
LOGAN —No rain and warm weather have set the stage for fires to burn acres of land in the mountains of southern West Virginia.
Even though it is legal to burn from 5 p.m. to 7 a.m., firefighters and foresters are asking West Virginians not to burn anything outside until there is ” significant rainfall.”
Fires have been reported as burning in more than a dozen locations. The biggest fire has burned 1,000 acres in Boone County. An underground coal mine is being blamed for the fire, which is still burning within fire lines. Fire lines keep fires from spreading. Trees that fell in the wake of the summer storms and Superstorm Sandy have to be moved out of the way by firefighters as they try to keep the fire from spreading.
Another large blaze was reported near Buffalo Creek.
Arson is suspected as the cause of several fires, including 60 acres burned in Lincoln County.
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