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Boyle County burn ban

By: Cheryl Glassford Email
By: Cheryl Glassford Email

Because of recent dry conditions, both farmers and firefighters are now asking for the public's help in Boyle County.

Just one day after a wildfire in Lincoln county destroyed at least 20 acres and two abandoned buildings, in nearby Boyle County fire officials have issued an un-official burn ban.

"It's really super dry," said Assistant Chief James Coffman, "we just wanted to convey to our citizens how dangerous it was."

They are asking those who live in the county to consider postponing controlled burns and avoiding campfires.

"The conditions are right for any fire," said Coffman, "today obviously it's windy so you know wind can push the fire in any direction."

It's something that is especially concerning to cattle farmers like Trille Bottom, who have hay and alfalfa to protect.

"If someone were to be out there unbeknownst to us, and drop a match or something, it would be devastating," said Bottom, "we would lose basically all our winter forage for our cattle."

She hopes the grass fires will be kept to a minimum this season.

"Most outdoor burning is not that urgent," said Coffman, "and maybe in a month or so we'll get rain so we're asking them to be patient and make sure we keep everybody safe."

Boyle county fire officials say if they don't get rain soon, they may have to request an official burn ban.

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