PARKERSBURG - Local officials are advising the spring forest fire burning season begins today and lasts through May 31. Residents who wish to burn debris inside the Parkersburg city limits must obtain a permit, advise the fire department and conduct the fire from noon to 5 p.m., during daylight hours.
"The Parkersburg Fire Department requires a permit, which is free of charge. The fire department will visit the proposed burning site to assure the burning will be conducted in a safe manner," said Chief Fire Inspector Tim Flinn with the fire department.
Flinn said the department checks the size of the proposed vegetation to be burned, the distance of the potential flames from structures, vehicles and other items combustible items, including utility lines.
"The individuals must have a garden hose available while the burning is being conducted," Flinn said. "It is not recommended to burn leaves inside the city due to the abundance of smoke it may produce."
Weather conditions could prohibit the burning at any time, Flinn said.
Once someone obtains a permit with the city, he or she should contact the fire department at 304-424-8471 to let the commanding officer on duty be aware of the time and location.
Burning Within City Limits
* No burning of trash or building materials
* Items should be burned in small piles
* The fire must never be left unattended
Fire officials want to remind residents of daylight-saving time taking place on March 10. Flinn said the spring forward is a reminder for people to check their smoke detectors.
"This is the time to change your batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and test them to assure they are functioning properly," he said.