September 26, 2008

Drought Strikes 7 W.Va. Counties


Seven southern counties are experiencing a moderate drought as West Virginia's fall forest fire season approaches.

The U.S. Drought Monitor released Thursday shows the worst conditions are in Lincoln, Logan, McDowell, Mercer, Mingo, Wayne and Wyoming counties. All or portions of 33 other counties have abnormally dry conditions.

Rain is expected to bring some relief today, although the National Weather Service says the most significant amounts are expected to fall in eastern portions of the state where no drought conditions exist.

Starting next Wednesday, outdoor burning will be allowed only from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. The burning ban ends Dec. 31.

Drought conditions spread to 46 counties last summer and fall, with severe conditions in at least nine counties.

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