Observe fire hazard rules and prevent destruction of Barren River region

   Now through April 30 is Spring Fire Hazard Season.
   It is illegal to burn within 150 feet of any woodland or brush between 6 a.m.-6 p.m. Conditions are less favorable to spread a fire after 6 p.m., primarily due to wind.
   Last year, over 54,000 acres of woodlands burned in the Commonwealth.
   The Kentucky Division of Forestry offers these tips to help prevent and reduce the risk of wildfire:
– Clear a safe zone that is wide enough to prevent the escape of fire.
– Keep a supply of water and a rake or shovel readily accessible.
– Do not leave a fire unattended.
– Burn only when the wind is calm and the humidity level is high.
– Extinguish fire completely if conditions become windy.
– Keep burn piles small to allow quick control of the fire if necessary.
– Locate burn piles an adequate distance from structures and utilities.
– Obey all outdoor burning laws including forest fire laws, air pollution regulations and local ordinances.

    For more information about fire hazard seasons, outdoor burning laws and safe burning practices, contact the Kentucky Division of Forestry at 1-800-866-0555 or visit the division’s Web site at Kentucky Division of Forestry .

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