Fall Fire Season Begins In Kentucky

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Updated: 10/02/2012 12:00 am

The Fall Fire Season in Kentucky is officially underway. 

It runs from October 1st through December 15th.

No burning is allowed within 150-feet of woodland or brushland between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

Forestry officials reminded people to be extra cautious with camp fires and fires around homes.

People should also keep an eye out for forest arson.

Forestry officials offered these additional safety tips:

          • Be aware of all outdoor burning restrictions, including forest fire hazard seasons, air quality and waste management regulations, restrictions imposed by local ordinances and county burn bans.
          • Avoid burning anything during fire hazard seasons and during times of dry, windy conditions. Outdoor burning is illegal between the hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. within 150 feet of any woodland or brushland during forest fire seasons.
          • Extinguish all fires completely. Never leave a fire unattended and always extinguish fires if conditions become too windy.
          • Allow hot ashes from woodstoves and fireplaces to cool before disposing outdoors.
          • Extinguish smoking materials properly. Put out cigarettes, cigars, or pipes only in cleared areas free of vegetation or flammable material.
          • Avoid parking cars, trucks, or recreational vehicles on dry vegetation. The exhaust system on a vehicle can reach a temperature of more than 1,000 degrees, which is hot enough to start a wildfire.
          • Incorporate "Firewise" practices around homes and communities in forested areas. Firewise practices range from creating defensible space by removing leaves, vegetation and firewood to ensuring access for safety personnel and equipment in rural or isolated areas.
          • And as always - Report suspicious acts of arson to the nearest Kentucky State Police post or call the Target Arson Hotline at 1-800-27-ARSON.

If you would like more information about forest fire seasons, outdoor burning restrictions or fire prevention tips, contact the Kentucky Division of Forestry toll-free at 1-800-866-0555 or click here.

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