The spring forest fire hazard season begins Friday across Kentucky.
The Division of Forestry reminds residents of the commonwealth that between Feb. 15 and April 30, it is illegal to burn anything within 150 feet of woodlands during daylight hours. Debris fires may be legally set after 6 p.m., when conditions are less likely to spread flames.
Forestry officials said they fought 1,234 fires that burned nearly 33,000 acres last year. Arson is the leading cause of wildfires in Kentucky. Tips about suspicious fires can be phoned to a Kentucky State Police hotline at 1-800-27-ARSON.