Fire Season Bullet Dodged

Despite dry conditions across much of the state, West Virginia's fall fire season hasn't matched pre-season fears.

Forestry officials anticipated dry conditions during late summer and fall would turn West Virginia's forests into tinder boxes.

But Division of Forestry spokesman Ben Webster says that hasn't happened. Since July 1, there have been 290 fires that have burned about 3,400 acres.

Webster says West Virginia has gotten off pretty easy.

The number of fires has picked up in recent weeks and fire crews were mopping up a couple of fires in Mingo and Logan counties on Wednesday.

Webster says the majority of the fires so far have been in the state's southern coalfields.

He says rain forecast for the remainder of this week and weekend will help.


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