Graham 4841


The Committee on the Judiciary moved to amend the bill by striking out the title and substituting therefor a new title, to read as follows:

Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill 4394--A Bill to amend and reenact 20-3-5 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, and to amend said code by adding thereto a new section, designated 20-3-5a, all relating to forest fires; requiring all flammable material must be removed from the area immediately surrounding material to be burned for a distance which ensures the fire will at all times be contained; requiring that a safety strip shall in no event be less than ten feet wide; establishing a crime for any person or employee who sets or causes to be set any fire which escapes the safety strip and causes damage to the lands of another; setting forth criminal penalties; creating a prescribed fire program; defining terms; requiring Director of the Division of Natural Resources to develop a certification process and prescribed burn course; setting forth requirements for certification as a certified prescribed fire manager; prescribing manner in which prescribed burn must be performed; setting forth violations which may result in revocation of certification; and authorizing rule-making.