WINCHESTER, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Daniel Boone National Forest has issued an emergency order restricting the use of fire on national forest lands in response to the worsening drought conditions in the state.
Under the restriction, campfires are permitted only in existing metal or concrete fire rings and pedestal grills installed by the Forest Service. Campfires and open flames are banned in all other areas of the forest.
The fire restriction order also prohibits the use of candles or any other open-flame device outside of developed recreation areas.
Portable lanterns and stoves that use pressurized gas or liquid fuel and have a shutoff valve are permitted outside of developed recreations areas, but Forest Service officials are urging people to be cautious.
Anyone caught violating the U.S. Forest Service Supervisor’s Order will be fined and may be required to appear in federal court. In addition to fines, any individual or group responsible for causing a wildfire may be held liable for fire suppression costs.