The Russellville Rural Fire Department wants to remind everyone that the Fall Kentucky Fire Season began on Oct. 1 and controls for outdoor burning are now in place.

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear and Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Rebecca Goodman urged caution as the fall wildfire hazard season in Kentucky begins, bringing outdoor burning restrictions to the state.

“We have predictions of a worse than average fire season this year and I’m especially concerned with Kentuckians’ health during this COVID-19 pandemic,” said Beshear. “I urge every Kentuckian to be vigilant when outdoors and abide by burning restrictions. My heart goes out to our brothers and sisters on the West Coast who are already facing these deadly fires, and I’m grateful to the courageous Kentuckians who have traveled across the country to aid the disaster response.”

The commonwealth’s outdoor burning law (KRS149.400) prohibits burning between the hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. (prevailing local time) if the fire is within 150 feet of any woodland, brushland, or fields containing dry grass or other flammable materials. These restrictions are in effect every fall (Oct. 1-Dec. 15) and spring (Feb. 15-April 30) to help prevent wildfires.

So far this year, 278 wildland fires have burned more than 3,700 acres in Kentucky. Though not as active as 2019, conditions can easily turn dry, making wildfires more likely.

Statistics show 99% of all wildfires in Kentucky are human-caused. Second, only to arson, uncontrolled debris burning is a leading cause of wildfires. If a fire escapes from the burning of debris, immediately contact the nearest Division of Forestry field office or the local fire department.

Contact your local fire department or the county judge-executive’s office for questions regarding local burn bans. Residents should call the Division for Air Quality at 1-888-BURN-LAW to learn about other specific regulations before burning anything.

Resource: The Lane Report