Fall fire season has begun and that means restrictions on burning throughout the state.  

Beginning October 1 and running through December 31, outdoor burning is permitted only between the hours of 5 p.m. to 7 a.m.  Officials said the forests are most vulnerable to fire during the fall and spring months and the wet weather throughout the summer may mean less risk of wildfires.

“The number of wildfires are on the increase, at least in the Monongahela National Forest. Of course not this year, right Smokey?  We’ve had such a wet summer that, unless we get a lot of drying, we may be able to get through fall fire season without any wildfires,” said Natural Resource Specialist Julie Fosbender.

Officials said campfires are still permitted during this time and the best way to stay safe is to stay alert and be prepared.  

For more information on backyard burning and campfire safety checklists, click here.