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Several counties issue burn bans

People across Central Kentucky say the one thing they're hoping for right now is rain.

"We need it so bad. I can't even walk on the grass!" said Jackie McKinney.

But because we've had so little rain, several counties have ordered burn bans because the grass is just too dry.

We could have a small two-foot by two-foot fire but when we get it put out, it could be acres burnt!" said Jessamine County Fire Chief Michael Rupard.

Right now, none of the bans prohibit the use of fireworks. These church workers are selling fireworks in Clark County to raise money for their youth group.

"We're just grateful to be able to sell fireworks this year because of the fire band we know are out there. Thank God we don't have them here so we can keep selling them so our kids can all go to youth group!" said Doreen Dishion.

Often the cause of grass fires in this dry weather is cigarettes tossed from cars. Jackie McKinney said she'll make an extra effort to keep her cigarette butts out of the dry grass.

"I'm always making sure that I'm safe and that I put them out," she said.

Fire officials say those bans will stay in effect indefinitely.

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