Kentucky Forest Fire Hazard Season Begins

October 1, 2009

Kentucky Division of Forestry says the forest fire hazard season begins today, Oct. 1.

During the season, it is illegal to burn anything within 150 feet of any woodland or brushland between the daylight hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Forestry officials say the law is intended to prevent fires during a time of year when the potential for dry conditions and the accumulation of leaf litter increases risks for wildfires.

Division of Forestry Director Leah MacSwords says an added concern this year is that several serious storms, including a devastating ice storm, left “a significant increase in dead and fallen trees.”

The fall fire season runs through Dec. 15.

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