CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has amended his ban on outdoor burning to add an exclusion that would allow certain fires at federal and state recreation areas.

A statement by Justice’s office says that the Monday addition was at the request of officials with the state’s Division of Forestry and Division of Natural Resources.

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The exclusion allows fires within fireplaces or fire rings at designated federal and state recreation areas, provided area managers have authority to continue the open burning ban within designated areas.

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Other exclusions include fires needed for chemical production, commercial land-clearing efforts, training fires, commercial outdoor cooking and liquid-fueled gas fire stoves, grills and lanterns.

The release said the ban is necessary because of drought conditions and some reduced water supply levels.

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