Burn ban issued in Whitley County

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WHITLEY COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - Grass fires are popping up around the state as spring inches closer and people continue to ignore burn bans.

Typically, burn bans are issued in the summer and fall months because the ground is dry and the temperatures are hot.

But this time, Whitley County issued a burn ban in the middle of March but it wasn't because of the heat, it was because of the wind.

“We have had reports from departments over the past few days about people trying to do spring cleaning and do some burning around their property since the weather has improved… but the fires have been getting out of control,” said Whitley County Judge-Executive Pat White.

The judge-executive says on average, around five brush fires are reported every week within the county but in the past few days alone, firefighters have responded to more than 30.

Due to the recent spike in brush fires, the county is now issuing a burn ban.

“No outdoor open burning until we have had significant rainfall and until the fire hazard is really abated.”

On Saturday, more brush fires were reported in neighboring Bell County where around 60 firefighters worked three major fires in Pine Mountain State Park.

All in all, officials are asking folks to be cautious because these dry and windy conditions make for a dangerous combination when fire is a factor.

The judge-executive expects the burn ban to remain in place until next Friday.

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