(AP) — The Kentucky Division of Forestry says the spring forest fire hazard season has begun.
A statement says burning laws will be enforced from Feb. 15 through April 30. During that time period, it is illegal to burn anything within 150 feet of woodland or brush land between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Officials said the law bans burning during times when conditions are most likely to cause a blaze to spread.
Division of Forestry Director William H. Steele Jr. says despite wet and cold conditions, items such as dead grass, leaves and twigs dry rapidly with sun and wind and can become primed for spreading a wildfire.
Officials say Kentucky residents should always take as many precautions as possible when burning.