Forest Fire Hazard season begins

As we approach the “Fall Forest Fire Hazard Season” local Officials encourage residents to become more familiar with burning regulations and safety tips

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Forest Fire Hazard Season begins October 1 and ends December 15, 2012.

 

No burning is allowed from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. – in or within 150 feet of any woodland or brushland and all fires shall be manned until completely extinguished per Kentucky Revised Statute. For more information you may visit Kentucky Division of Forestry’s website www.forestry.ky.gov or call 1-800-866-0876. 

 

Safe Burning Tips: 

1) Clear a safe zone that is wide enough to prevent the escape of fire.

2) Keep water, a rake, and shovel readily accessible. 

3) Stay with your brush pile until it is completely extinguished. Brush piles must be attended at all times.

4) Extinguish fire completely if conditions become windy or unsafe.  Responsible parties are liable for damages cause by escaped fires. 

5) Burn only when the wind is calm and the humidity is high.

6) Keep brush piles small to allow quick control of the fire if necessary. Ky Division of Forestry suggested size is 5’ x 5’. 

7) Locate brush piles an adequate distance from any woodlands, structures, and utilities. At least 150 feet.

8) Obey all outdoor burning laws including forest fire laws, air pollution regulations, and local ordinances.

 

Learn Before You Burn – Do you know what you’re burning? You could be fined up to $25,000! Illegal burning information is at www.air.ky.gov or call 1-888-BURN-LAW.

 

It is illegal to burn: household trash, asbestos materials, construction debris, renovation debris, shingles, buildings, demolition debris, drywall, plastic, cans, glass, pallets, wood (painted, stained, or pressure-treated), furniture, insulation, carpeting, tires, and rubber.

 

Illegal open burning is hazardous to human health and to the environment. Report suspected cases of illegal burning by calling the open burn hotline: 1-888-BURN-LAW or 1-888-287-6529.