Drought Conditions Spark Burning Ban

By: Marie Luby Email
By: Marie Luby Email
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The fall forest fire season doesn't begin until October 1st and there's already a burning ban for one county.

Officials in Laurel County say the ban will stay in effect until we get some significant rain.

Forestry officials say more bans are likely as more fires pop up like one Tuesday night in Clay County.

This fire broke out in Burning Springs just hours after a burning ban went into effect in neighboring Laurel County.

Kentucky Division of Forestry Ranger Nick Valentine says Clay County residents could soon face a similar ban.

“With the drought situation that we're going through it's probably highly likely. It's going to be up to the county judge and county officials,” Nick Valentine said.

Officials say arson is likely to blame for this fire and say that proves some people aren't taking the drought seriously.

“Hopefully a house isn't involved or a structure, somebody's home doesn't get burned down before somebody realizes just how dangerous the situations are,” Valentine said.

Fire officials in London say their county's burning ban isn't just a proactive measure it's a necessity.

“As time goes on, especially when the fall hits and the leaves start falling, it's really going to turn into a mess,” Tony Brown said.

With or without a burning ban, Valentine says eastern Kentuckians can help minimize the mess simply by staying alert outside.

He says common sense will help keep residents, homes and firefighters safe.

Many forest fires are deliberately set.

To report someone starting a fire call the arson hotline at 1-800-27-ARSON.

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  • by jason Location: london,ky on Feb 19, 2010 at 07:55 PM
    my grandfather would like to know if it would be ok to burn trash in his pit in the backyard, the pit is controled area and the pit is made of 6 inch by 12 inch brick's....concerned grand son.....


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