Fall is here, but more than half the state is still under a burn ban

BEREA, Ky. (WTVQ) – Monday marks the official start of fall, but dry conditions hang on.

Berea Fire Department posted to its Facebook page a reminder just because Monday was cooler with a few scattered showers, it’s not enough to lift the burn ban.

Captain Mike Kerns said the clouds are giving a false sense of security.

“They spread really fast, so we just want to keep everybody in check,” Kerns said.

Ed and Carol Poston said they were excited for Monday’s relief, taking the dogs on a walk.

Mr. Poston said as far as burn ban conditions go, the leaves say it all.

“You just look at the grass and some of it looks like it would ignite on its own without any trouble,” he said.

Mrs. Poston said she’s hoping for rain soon before the burn ban keeps people from enjoying fall.

“It’s kind of disappointing for some of the fall activities,” she said. “I used to be a girl scout leader and so we would love to have camp fires but we can’t have that now.”

Kerns said in Berea he wants to see a week of rain to feel more comfortable lifting the burn ban.

As of Monday at 11 p.m. these counties have burn bans:

Adair Jackson Nicholas
Allen Jessamine Oldham
Anderson Johnson Owen
Barren Knott Perry
Bath Knox Pike
Bourbon Laurel Powell
Boyle Lee Pulaski
Butler Leslie Robertson
Casey Letcher Rockcastle
Clark Lewis Rowan
Clinton Lincoln Scott
Edmonson Logan Shelby
Elliott Madison Simpson
Estill Magoffin Spencer
Fayette Marion Taylor
Fleming Mason Todd
Floyd McClean Trimble
Gallatin McCreary Warren
Garrard Menifee Washington
Grayson Mercer Wayne
Harrison Metcalfe Whitley
Henry Monroe Wolfe
Hickman Morgan Woodford
Hopkins Muhlenberg


For an updated version of the list, head to Kentucky’s Energy and Environment Cabinet’s website.

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