Warren County officials issue burn ban until further notice
WARREN COUNTY, Ky. (WBKO) - Local officials have issued a burn ban in Warren County until further notice.
Mike Buchanon, Warren County Judge-Executive, said the ban is due to excessive dryness and is county wide banning all open burning in all areas of the county. The order includes the lighting of fireworks and burning of any material outdoors.
This ban also comes after a house in Smiths Grove caught fire after the owner started a “controlled burn.”
Smiths Grove Fire Chief, Kenneth Priddy, says the burn ban may be an inconvenience, but says it is better to be safe than sorry.
“It is going to be an inconvenience for some people. Everybody in the Fall likes to sit outside by their burn pits and sit around the fire, but the dangers outweigh the enjoyment right now” says Priddy.
Hours after the burn ban was issued in Warren County, Mammoth Cave officials issued a burn ban of their own, saying it is dependent on extended weather conditions, and will be evaluated daily.
Chief Priddy says that all it takes is just a tiny spark to start a wildfire in rural areas like Smiths Grove, and in parks like Mammoth Cave.
“This dry vegetation and these machines out there, with the least little spark, have gone up in flames,” says Priddy.
“You had to get it under control some way. You got to stop these open flames until we get some rain.”
You may be asking yourself, when will these burn bans be lifted? Chief Priddy says, until we see a bit of precipitation, it will not be gone any time soon.
“Just be extra careful until we get some rain and the ban gets lifted. Hopefully it will be soon, but it is going to take a significant amount of rainfall to be lifted.”
Buchanon added in the order that penalties are no less than $50 and no more than $500.
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