West Virginia's fall forest fire season is now in effect.
Through December 31, daytime burning from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. is not allowed.
Outdoor burning is permitted only between 5 p.m. and 7 a.m.
State law requires the safety measure to keep the fire from spreading.
Local fire departments said it's a battle when a fire gets out of control.
"You really have to bring in your resources on a brush fire because it spreads so fast. It could go from half an acre to 20 acres within minutes," said Chief Tom Meader, of the Elkins Fire Department.
Fines for allowing a fire to escape and cause damage range from $100 to $1,000.