Update- October 9, 2019 – 5:35pm

The burn ban has been lifted! The following info comes from this story:

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WOWK) — West Virginia Governor Jim Justice has ended the recent statewide ban on all types of outdoor burning. This action comes after the state received sufficient rainfall over the past several days to warrant ending the outdoor burning ban.

Standard fall burning season laws and regulations take effect immediately. The burning of forestland, grass, grain, stubble, slash, debris, or other inflammable materials is now allowed; only from the hours of 5 p.m. to 7 a.m. The fall burning season continues through December 31, 2019.

Small fires set for the purpose of preparing food, or providing light or warmth are permitted anytime without a burning permit, provided all grass, brush, stubble, or other debris has been removed for a minimum distance of 10 feet from the fire in all directions.

Additionally, fires must be attended at all times and all fires must be fully extinguished before 7 a.m. daily. Residents caught in violations of these regulations face citations and fines up to $1,000.

Read the rest of the article.


Update – October 9, 2019

Hooray! We have been approved for the effigy and temple burn! We also plan to have a fire in the main field at night for people who want to get warm. Click here for more tips for staying warm.

IMPORTANT:

  • Small fires at camps are still NOT allowed under the exceptions we have been issued. This means no campfires, burn barrels, or any other fire that puts off sparks. We will be securely storing the campfire rings and covering the wood pile to prevent illegal fires. If you are found burning wood in your camp, you will be subject to ejection from the event and possible ban from all future Fire Pony Creative Society events (including Constellation and Playa del Fuego.) 
  • Propane flame effects and heaters, fire spinning, and charcoal/propane cooking WILL BE ALLOWED, provided you have a safety in place, as well as a fire extinguisher located near any potential fire hazard. (This includes generators!) Inspection by our Fire Safety team is required before any propane flame effects are lit. And please see our Fire & Safety tips.
  • Propane effects are allowed but must be inspected before turning on. Please be safe and remember that propane heaters require ventilation.

TL:DR
Effigy and temple burn = Yes
Individual fires = No
Propane heaters and stoves = Yes 
Fire Spinning = Yes


Updates October 6, 2019

The Constellation producers have been working hard to determine the impacts of the West Virginia burn ban on this week’s event. We are working behind the scenes with our landlord and artists on potential back-up plans, in the event that the burn ban remains in place for the duration of the event. We know that fire is an important part of the Burn, for celebration, catharsis, and of course warmth.

We are still hopeful that the ban will be lifted or we will be granted a waiver or permit by the West Virginia Division of Forestry, especially with the rain forecasted early this week. In the meantime, please DO NOT reach out to local or state officials on our behalf. We’re already in contact with them, and any attempts to gather or share information about the event could damage our efforts!

In the event that the ban remains, all wood-burning fires WILL BE PROHIBITED. This means no campfires, burn barrels, or any other fire that puts off sparks. We will be securely storing the campfire rings and covering the wood pile to prevent illegal fires. If you are found burning wood in your camp, you will be subject to ejection from the event and possible ban from all future Fire Pony Creative Society events (including Constellation and Playa del Fuego.)

Propane flame effects and heaters, fire spinning, and charcoal/propane cooking WILL BE ALLOWED, provided you have a safety in place, as well as a fire extinguisher located near any potential fire hazard. (This includes generators!) Inspection by our Fire Safety team is required before any propane flame effects are lit. And please see our Fire & Safety tips here.

If the burn ban is lifted before the event begins or anything else changes, we will update the community as soon as we know anything! If the event has already begun, we will have updates at the Gate and HQ. And if you want to be optimistic and pack your burn barrel or fire pit, that’s fine. Just keep it securely stored until given the go-ahead by our Fire Safety team or an event producer. If you have any questions, please email firesafety@constellationburn.org or producer@constellationburn.org