October is here, which means fall festivities are ramping up and leaves and brush are drying up.
Governor Andy Beshear and Kentucky’s Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Rebecca Goodman are reminding residents that fire safety is just as important as ever, especially as the season turns dry and chilly.
Wildfire Hazard Season has begun, with annual governmental restrictions for fire usage. As of Oct. 1, the Commonwealth’s outdoor burning law (KRS149.400) prohibits burning from 6 a.m.-6 p.m. within “150 feet of any woodland, brushland, or fields containing dry grass or other flammable material,” according to a release from the Commonwealth of Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet.
The fire restrictions will remain in effect until Dec. 15, and will be reinstated once more from Feb. 15 through April 30.
The restrictions brought a warning from Mayfield-Graves County Fire and Rescue Chief David Warner.
“We got our first full week of dry weather, so everybody needs to be careful,” he said.
Warner said that the wind plays a significant factor, which is the reason the ban stops at 6 p.m. However, he stressed that if not properly extinguished, the fire can rekindle with rising humidity and winds the next day.
The division of forestry could also issue fines for burning during the restricted times.
According to the state’s press release, 278 wild land fires have burned more than 3,700 acres in Kentucky this year, with 99% being the result of humans.
“We will be ready for whatever this season brings, but we need everyone to be mindful,” Goodman said in the release.