Burn Bans Lifted in 3 Counties; Div. of Forestry Urges Continued Caution
FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Burn bans have been lifted in Clark, Metcalfe, and Montgomery Counties, according to the Clark County Fire Department, the Montgomery County Fire Department, and Metcalfe County Emergency Management, respectively.
This just as the Kentucky Division of Forestry sent a press release reminding the public to stay acutely aware of fire prevention, stating “By no means are we ‘out of the woods,’ so to speak.”
The release does say that recent precipitation has eased the severity of terminally dry conditions, fire prevention measures should still be strictly adhered to by members of the public.
“Successfully preparing for a wildfire requires you to take personal responsibility for protecting yourself, your family and your property,” reads the statement. “Every year, wildland fire causes unnecessary loss of homes and structures. These losses can be minimized if homeowners take the time to become aware of safety measures to help protect their homes. The Firewise program encourages communities to develop an action plan that guides residential risk reduction activities, while engaging and encouraging residents to become more active participants in building a safer place to live. Firewise helps community members identify the most vulnerable areas of community. Firewise then lays out a roadmap to address those vulnerabilities. Firewise also helps emergency managers begin formulating a response plan long before a potential wildfire event occurs.”
More information on the Firewise program, and how you can protect yourself, your family, and the state, visit Firewise.org.
The Clark County Fire Department has also reiterated tips for safe outdoor burning, which include the following:
- Call the Fire Department at (859)745-0260, if you plan on burning;
- Consider weather conditions, such as dry grass or wind conditions;
- Burn further than 150’ from a wooded area or 50’ from a structure, except for yard leaves;
- Have attendant with fire at all times;
- Ensure fires are accessible to FD vehicles;
- Have equipment available such as water hoses, rakes, and shovels to prevent fire from spreading.