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Governor urges caution as wildfire hazard season begins Oct 1
By John Mura/Robin Hartman
Frankfort, KY - Governor Beshear and Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Rebecca Goodman urged every Kentuckian to be alert as Fall wildfire hazard season in Kentucky begins October 1, bringing outdoor burning restrictions to the state.
"With regions of the Commonwealth recovering from flooding damage, it is especially important that all Kentuckians be vigilant with fire safety when outdoors," Gov. Beshear said. "Think of others so that we can all be safe."
The Commonwealth's outdoor burning law (KRS149.400) prohibits burning between the hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. (prevailing local time), if the fire is within 150 feet of any woodland, brushland, or fields containing dry grass or other flammable materials. These restrictions are in effect every fall (October 1 - December 15) and spring (February 15 - April 30) to help prevent wildfires.
"With Kentuckians heavily impacted by natural disasters over the last nine months, the division will continue to work hard to protect our fellow citizens and wildlife," said Brandon Howard, Kentucky's State Forester and Director of the Division of Forestry. "We ask that if debris burning occurs, take proper precautions to prevent fires from escaping and becoming wildfires."
The Division of Forestry responds to more than 1,000 wildfires annually across the state. Studies show that 99% of all wildfires in Kentucky are from human activity. Arsonists start over half of the wildfires, and the second leading cause is debris fires that escape. If a fire escapes from the burning of debris, immediately contact the nearest Division of Forestry field office, or the local fire department.
The Commonwealth has more than 12 million acres of forested area, with almost all of them available for timber production. This acreage also provides a critical habitat for many game and nongame wildlife species, including deer, turkey, elk, and black bears.
"It is vitally important that we don't lose any of this resource due to carelessness with fire," Cabinet Secretary Goodman said. "Please be responsible and be safe."
To help prevent wildfires, KDF recommends the following precautions:
For more on the Kentucky Division of Forestry, and the wildland fire management program, visit http://bit.ly/KyWildfireMgmt.
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