Whitesburg KY

Burn laws take effect

The Division of Forestry is reminding Kentuckians that it is spring forest fire hazard season.

Since March 16, the division has battled more than 98 forest fires, damaging more than 1,320 acres. This week’s weather forecast is cause for concern.

“The forecast for warmer, dryer weather this week has the division concerned about the potential for an additional increase in forest fires,” Leah W. MacSwords, Kentucky’s state forester, said in a statement.

Arson is the cause of the majority of the forest fires in Kentucky, and the division actively investigates the cause of any wildfire.

State law prohibits burning in or within 150 feet of any woodland or brushland, except between the hours of 6 p.m. and 6 a.m.

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