Some Area Counties Still Affected by Burn Ban

By Forrest Sanders | 

With a few rain showers hitting the state of Kentucky in recent days, Governor Ernie Fletcher lifted the state wide burn ban this week. The lift does not truly apply to the entire state and your county may still be under the ban.

"With fall coming on, leaves that everyone's wanting to burn, limbs from all these storms that come through--it can cause a very serious situation with as dry as the top of the ground is," explained Craig Peay, fire coordinator for Warren County.

Area fire fighters are trying to prevent another scene like this. And as of Oct. 21, Warren, Allen, Barren and Logan Counties are all still under a burn ban.

"Western Kentucky, which was in a drought just as bad as we were, received five or six inches of rain--so, it was lifted. But in Warren County, we only got three quarters of an inch of rain," Peay continued.

It's news that the fire department is hoping to spread to Warren, Allen, Barren and Logan County residents, especially with Halloween just around the corner.

"A lot of civic organizations for Halloween are coming up and they want to do these little backyard burns with hot dog roasts and if they do, they need to contact that fire department and they can work with them and possibly have that," Peay added.

But even for residents living in counties where the ban has been lifted, there are several rules to follow.

"The state of Kentucky from October 1 through February has a burn season which runs from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., and that's 150 feet from a woodland area, you cannot burn at," Peay said.

And as for the three counties still under the ban, whether it's lifted or not, is all up to the weather.

"The discussion with the judge-executives office Friday was that it'd be enacted until we had at least five inches of rain," Peay assured.

If you would like to get approval for a fire, call 393-4000.

The same number can be used to contact the fire department concerning residents violation the burning ban.

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