LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – It’s been 22 days with no rain and there’s a chance we won’t be seeing any soon.
That’s created dangerous fire conditions and put nearly half of the state under a burn ban.
Fayette County and Woodford County joined the growing list on Thursday.
The KY Division of Forestry’s fire management chief says it’s not normal for September to be this dry or for this many counties to be under a burn ban.
On average, the fire management chief says the driest and busiest month for fires is October.
“Once the leaves start to come off the trees, more sunlight gets to the forest floor, the humidity’s going to start dropping as we get further into fall and that’s when we really get into a bad situation,” said Brandon Howard, Fire Management Chief.
Howard said the last time it was extremely dry was in 2016.
During that year, the Division of Forestry responded to over a thousand wild fires that burned more than 71,000 acres. There was over 800 fires in 2017 and 360 fires in 2018.
There’s been more than 400 fires so far this year.
Under a burn ban, you’re not allowed to set any fire outside until the ban expires. That includes cooking over a campfire and construction debris fires.
Howard says if you don’t take burn bans seriously it could cost you.
“If they do let a fire escape and it happens quite often when we respond they will be responsible for suppression costs,” said Howard.
For a list of the counties in a burn ban, click here.