Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Ky.’s Fall Forest Fire Hazard Season Ends

Kentucky's fall forest fire hazard season has official ended.

State forestry officials say that means the restriction on burning times is no longer in place until the start of the spring fire season on Feb. 15. Kentuckians are still urged to be vigilant when burning or building fires in the open.

The forestry officials say people are still responsible for results of any of their burning and must always take proper precautions.

State Division of Forestry Director Leah MacSwords says recent precipitation has decreased the number of forest fires. MacSwords says it only takes a few sunny, dry days to create conditions more favorable for fires.

Since the start of the year, the forestry division has suppressed 948 wildland fires that burned 22,821 acres across the state