Saturday, September 26, 2015

Ky.’s fall fire hazard season starts Oct. 1

Wednesday marked the first day of autumn, and with the season each year comes a heightened risk of wildland fires. In fact, fall fire hazard season in Kentucky begins Thursday and runs through Dec. 15.

During that period, it is illegal to burn anything within 150 feet of any woodland or brushland between the hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. Violations can result in fines and/or jail time.

The county has been dry for several weeks, making the risk of fire very high as vegetation begins to go dormant. Since Aug. 20, just more than a half-inch of rain has fallen in Crittenden County according to data from the local Kentucky Mesonet weather and climate monitoring station.