Nicholas County Station 1 

Richwood Fire Department

Community Service Above And Beyond Since 1906

Burning Laws And Alerts

Fire Alerts

- - - FIRE DANGER IS LOW FOR THE RICHWOOD AREA - CHECK YOUR LOCAL FIRE DANGER SIGNS (See section 4 at the bottom of the page for a fire danger map) - -

Wildland Fire News

- - THE BURNNING OF TRASH IS PROHIBITED IN WEST VIRGINIA- - SPRING forest fire season in effect through March 1, 2018 Outdoor burning IS Restricted From 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily - - Please Help To Prevent Forest Fires !! - -

We are in Spring Fire Season 2018

The West Virginia Division of Forestry and the Richwood Fire Department reminds residents that the state's spring forest fire season runs from March 1, 2018 to May 31, 2018 
Daytime burning is prohibited from the hours of 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Outdoor burning is permitted only between the hours of 5 p.m. and 7 a.m. 


Fires Burned: 

Spring 2016 - 444 fires burned 8,672 acers

Fall 2015 - 290 fires burned 14,084 acres
Spring 2015 - 385 fires burned 2,658 acres
Wildfires are becoming more and more aggressive and easier set in West Virginia




Through their carelessness, people cause the majority of forest fires in West Virginia. In the Spring of 2016, 20% of all forest fires were deliberately set. Escaped debris fires were the second highest cause of forest fires in W.Va. causing 32% of all wildfires.

Other causes that lead to fires in West Virginia include campfires, children, railroads, smokers and lightning.



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Outdoors Burning 


For ANY Forest Fire Emergency

Spring Forest Fire Season Started March 1st 

Outdoor burning IS restricted from

7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through May. 31

 Morning and afternoon outdoor-burning restrictions Start 

March 1st and run through May. 31st


7 a.m. and 5 p.m.,

outdoor burning is permitted.

More information below.

Remember you are responsible for ALL excepted fires! 


Year-round requirements for burning outdoors include the following:
    * A safety strip of at least 10 feet must be placed around burning materials. To prevent wayward sparks from igniting a forest fire, the strip must be cleared down to the mineral soil.
* Fires must be attended at all times and cannot be unattended until fully extinguished.
* A violation of any outdoor-burning restrictions may result in a misdemeanor charge, and/or a fine of up to $300 and liability for costs of fighting the fire and the damage caused by the fire to property.


The periods of each year between March 1 and May 31, inclusive, and October 1 and December 31, inclusive, are hereby designated as Forest Fire Seasons.

No person shall during ANY such fire season, except between the hours of 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. prevailing time, set on fire or cause to be set on fire any forest land, or any grass, grain, stubble, slash, debris, or other inflammable materials. Any fire set during this time shall be extinguished prior to 7:00 a.m. prevailing time. Such prohibition of fires between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. prevailing time shall not be construed to include :

(1) small fires set for the purpose of food preparation, or providing light or warmth around which all grass, brush, stubble, or other debris has been removed for a distance of ten feet from the fire. 

(2) burning which may be conducted at any time when the ground surrounding the burning site is covered by one inch or more of snow.
No burning may be done unless ALL inflammable material has been removed from around the material to be burned as a safety strip for a distance which insures that the fire will not escape and which is No less than 10 feet. If fire escapes beyond the safety strip, the person responsible shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.


Remember !

  • Before leaving ANY fire for ANY period of time, it must be totally extinguished.
  • Commercial permits to burn during the prohibited periods may be issued by the Division of Forestry. ( Information at bottom of page ) 
  • All sawmills, power shovels, or an engine or machines capable of throwing sparks must be provided with an adequate spark arrestor if operating on land subject to fire by any cause.
  • All inflammable waste disposal areas on ANY land must annually have removed all grass, brush, debris and other inflammable materials adjacent to such disposal areas to provide adequate protection to prevent the escape of fire to adjacent lands.
  • The State shall recover from the person or persons, firms or corporations whose negligence or whose violations of any provisions of this article cause ANY fire at ANY time on any grass or forest land the amount expended by the State.
  • A landowner must take ALL practicable means to suppress ANY fire on his property.
    If he fails to do so,
    the State shall collect from him the amounts expended by the State for such purposes.

    NOTE: The Richwood Fire Department Does Charges for
    Suppression of Out of Control Fires

    This Information Was Provided By :

    The West Virginia Division Of Forestry


    WV Division of Forestry
    1900 Kanawha Blvd., E.
    Charleston WV 25305-1080


    Phone :(304) 558-2788

    Fax :(304) 558-0143

    Emergency Calls : 911

    Or Visit

  • Special Burning Permits

    Burning permits that allow burning during the restricted times may be obtained by public utilities and people burning in conjunction with commercial, manufacturing, mining or like activities.

    These burning permits cost $125 each and are issued by local Division of Forestry offices.


    A permit is required for each site where this type of burning takes place.
    *Burning permits may also be obtained for agricultural purposes.
    *No fee is required for permits issued for burning for agricultural purposes.
    *Burning permits are not issued for burning of yard waste such as leaves, twigs, and branches. 

    NOTE: The Richwood Fire Department Does Charges for Suppression of Out of Control Wildfires regardless if its an accident or not

    Nicholas County is in Region 3 

    Region 3
    Buckhannon Office
    61 Fifth Street
    Building 1, Suite 201
    Buckhannon, West Virginia 26201
    (304) 380-2227

    Fire Danger Signs 


    To help keep the public informed about the day's fire danger level, the DOF has installed Smokey Bear Fire Danger signs at locations across the Mountain State, including local volunteer fire departments and State Forests. These signs display the local fire danger as follows: Low, Moderate, High, Very High, or Extreme. Residents should be aware of the conditions and refrain from any burning outdoors if the fire danger is moderate, high, very high, or extreme


    What does the ratings mean ?



    LOW (Dark Green) -
    Fuels do not ignite readily from small firebrands although a more intense heat source, such as lightning, may start fires in duff or punky wood. Fires in open cured grasslands may burn freely a few hours after rain, but woods fires spread slowly by creeping or smoldering, and burn in irregular fingers. There is little danger of spotting.

    MODERATE (Light Green or Blue) -
    Fires can start from most accidental causes, but with the exception of lightning fires in some areas, the number of starts is generally low. Fires in open cured grasslands will burn briskly and spread rapidly on windy days. Timber fires spread slowly to moderately fast. The average fire is of moderate intensity, although heavy concentrations of fuel, especially draped fuel, may burn hot. Short-distance spotting may occur, but is not persistent. Fires are not likely to become serious and control is relatively easy.

    HIGH (Yellow) -
    All fine dead fuels ignite readily and fires start easily from most causes. Unattended brush and campfires are likely to escape. Fires spread rapidly and short-distance spotting is common. High-intensity burning may develop on slopes or in concentrations of fine fuels. Fires may become serious and their control difficult unless they are attacked successfully while small. Outdoor burning should be restricted to early morning and late evening hours.

    VERY HIGH (Orange) -
    Fires start easily from all causes and immediately after ignition, spread rapidly and increase quickly in intensity. Spot fires are a constant danger. Fires burning in light fuels may quickly develop high intensity characteristics such as long-distance spotting and fire whirlwinds when they burn in heavier fuels. Outdoor burning is not recommended.

    EXTREME (Red) - DO NOT BURN !!
    Fires start quickly, spread furiously, and burn intensely. All fires are potentially serious. Development into high intensity burning will usually be faster and occur from smaller fires than in the very high fire danger class. Direct attack is rarely possible and may be dangerous except immediately after ignition. Fires that develop headway in heavy slash or in conifer stands may be unmanageable while the extreme burning condition lasts. Under these conditions the only effective and safe control action is on the flanks until the weather changes or the fuel supply lessons. NO OUTDOOR BURNING SHOULD TAKE PLACE IN AREAS WITH EXTREME FIRE BEHAVIOR.