West Virginia officials say a massive wildfire in a rural area of the state could have a “major impact” on the state’s water supply, with a possible water shortage.
The fire was started Monday, but officials said Tuesday they don’t know yet how much water the fire has consumed.
The blaze is being managed by the West Virginia State Water Resources Department, and officials are working with the local water authority to determine what needs to be done to protect the water supply.
It was reported at about 5:30 p.m.
Monday that the fire was burning in a forested area.
The state Department of Natural Resources says the fire is a massive, 10,000-acre blaze and is located in the state of West Virginia.
Water from the lake is being used by a couple of small communities in the area, and some residents in that area are complaining about the water quality.
It’s not clear if the water is safe to drink.
“We do have water in that community,” WVDEP spokesperson John Davis told WSAZ.
“It’s going to be an issue for us.”
Davis said the department has had a request for more water from the local community for weeks.
He said the request was made to use up a small amount of water and then transfer it to the city.
That will then be used to treat water that has been used by people to irrigate their gardens.
He did not have an estimate on the amount of damage or the water use that will be needed.
The WVDFS has been working with West Virginia Water Resources to ensure that residents are able to drink the water, Davis said.
The department has also asked the local county to help out.
The water is used in the treatment of wastewater and is used to water and treat the ground.
The county’s Water Resources Division is responsible for all water in the county, and it will provide the water in a way that is safe for people to drink, Davis told The Associated Press.