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Editorial: Burning ban is essential during statewide drought in W.Va.

From The Exponent Telegram:

We had very little rain in West Virginia during September, and we’re now feeling the effects. And with no relief in the forecast, we need to exercise caution.

North Central West Virginia is now classified by the U.S. Drought Monitor as D0, which means abnormally dry.

Southern West Virginia is even worse, classified as D1, or moderate drought. Some communities such as Ripley are seeing a threat to their water supplies.

Experts say we have not had much appreciable rain since late August. Clarksburg only had a tenth of an inch of rain in September. And pretty soon, we’ll be just as dry as the southern counties. …

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