Fall fire hazard season begins

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - The first day of October begins the fall wildfire season and officials are reminding everyone about the rules of outdoor burning.

Dry weather has been covering Central Kentucky over the last couple of weeks, making the perfect recipe for a small fire to easily turn into a wildfire. That's why officials with the Kentucky Division of Forestry are reminding everyone to be careful with outdoor fires, specially during the fall fire hazard season.

During this time, it's illegal to burn anything outside between 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. or within 150 feet of any woodland or brush land. So far this year, forestry officials have responded to more than 700 wildfires that have burned more than 17,000 acres of forests in the Commonwealth.

Records indicate 99 percent of wildfires are caused by people, most of which are preventable.

"In this fall time of the year, it's important for people who live in wooded areas to look around their property and make sure they take their leaves and clean up any woody debris that might have the potential to catch fire," says Leah MacSwords, Director of the Division of Forestry.

The fall fire season runs through December 15th.

Questions about burning regulations can be answered by the Division of Air Quality by calling 1-888-BURN-LAW.

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