FRANKFORT, KY (February 15, 2017) – The Spring Forest Fire Season, which
begins today and lasts until April 30, is in effect in every Kentucky county.
This law prohibits any person to burn between the daylight hours of 6:00 a.m.
and 6:00 p.m.
The Kentucky Division of Forestry
(KDF) urges residents across the state to exercise caution when burning debris
during this season. The KDF has responded to 78 wildland fires since January
and nearly 40 percent have been attributed to debris burning.
After the drought last fall, and
extreme wildfire conditions, it is important to remain vigilant about
wildfires. In the spring, people do a
lot of yard work that often includes burning leaves and yard debris. The KDF
encourages residents considering debris burning to exercise caution and
consider all factors in order to help maximize the safety to people, property
and to the forest.
“Don’t burn on dry, windy days
and maintain a careful watch over a fire until it is extinguished,” said
Division of Forestry Director Bill Steele.
For people who choose to burn
debris, the KDF urges them to:
Consider alternatives to burning. Some yard debris, such as
leaves and grass, may be more valuable if composted.
Check with your county fire marshal’s office for local laws on
burning debris. Some communities allow burning only during specified hours;
others forbid it entirely.
Check the weather. Don’t burn if conditions are dry or windy.
Only burn natural vegetation from your property. Burning
household trash or any other man-made materials is illegal. Trash should be
Plan burning for the late afternoon when conditions are
typically less windy and more humid.
If you must burn, be prepared. Use a shovel or hoe to clear a
perimeter around the area where you plan to burn.
Keep fire tools ready. To control the fire, you will need a
hose, bucket, a steel rake and a shovel for tossing dirt on the fire.
Never use flammable liquids such as kerosene, gasoline or diesel
fuel to speed burning.
Stay with your fire until it is completely out.
These same tips hold true for campfires and barbeques, also.
Douse burning charcoal briquettes or campfire thoroughly with water. When the
coals are soaked, stir them and soak them again. Be sure they are out cold and
carefully feel to be sure they are extinguished. Never dump hot ashes or coals
into a wooded area.
If your are burning agriculture residue and forestland litter, a
fire line should be plowed around the area to be burned. Large fields should be
separated into small plots for burning one at a time. Before doing any burning
in a wooded area, contact your county ranger who will weigh all factors,
explain them and offer advice.
For more information on ways you
can prevent wildfires and loss of property visit http://forestry.ky.gov .