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MetroNews, Charleston, Kanawha County

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin were out traveling the state again Friday surveying the damage in counties and monitoring the progress.

As a result of that tour, Governor Tomblin issued a burning ban, effective immediately and continuing throughout the state of emergency.

Forestry officials relayed their concern about a high fire danger due to the lack of water, the dry weather and the stretched resources during this storm recovery period.

Tomblin says that emergency personnel are stretched as it is with the recovery efforts so the state just needs to take extra precaution at this time.

The West Virginia Division of Forestry and the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources will be in charge of determining the extent of the burning ban.

For more information regarding the ban, visit the Division of Forestry's website at or the Division of Natural Resources' website at

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