Drought leads to burn ban in Bluefield, WV

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BLUEFIELD, WV (WVNS) — On Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019 leaders in the City of Bluefield announced a ban on burning. In a release from the City and the Bluefield Fire Department, the ban was issued to reduce the risk of catastrophic fires due to the drought.

As a result, all outdoor burning in the city is forbidden, effective immediately. The ban makes it unlawful for any person in the city to engage in outdoor burning, including fires built for camping, burning debris and warming.

City leaders said the ban is necessary due to the drought conditions and the reduced water supply levels. It will be in effect until conditions improve and the City of Bluefield, Bluefield Fire Chief, rescinds the order.

This ban was issued in conjunction with the statewide burn ban already put in place by Governor Jim Justice. Read more about the statewide burn ban here.

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