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West Virginia wildfire risk elevated Sunday due to dry, gusty winds

The National Weather Service in Charleston has issued a special statement warning of an elevated risk of wildfires Sunday afternoon and evening.

“The combination of low relative humidity, above normal temperatures, and gusty winds will create an elevated risk for wildfires this afternoon and evening,” according to the NWS. “Open burning of any type is considered extremely dangerous at this time. Be careful of heat and sparks while operating any equipment … and avoid smoking in wildland areas.”

The weather service also reminds residents of burning laws currently in effect statewide.

“West Virginia law prohibits burning in the spring from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 1 through May 31,” the statement reads.