Whitesburg KY

Outdoor burn ban remains in effect

Letcher County is under a burn ban with powder-dry conditions increasing the risk of forest fires daily.

Letcher County Judge/ Executive Terry Adams issued an order to ban outdoor burning September 18 and it is still in force. Adams said in his order that the ban is “due to current and predicted weather conditions and the extraordinary danger of forest fires.”

Rain on Monday did nearly nothing to alleviate the late-summer drought, and by Tuesday morning, there was no indication it had rained at all. The order issued last week bans all outdoor burning in Letcher County, including in the city limits of Whitesburg, Jenkins and Neon. It will remain in effect until lifted or modified.

Currently, 84 of Kentucky’s 120 counties are under burn bans.

The National Weather Service in Jackson is predicting seasonal temperatures in the high 40s tonight, but returning to summertime levels for the remainder of the week with temperatures near 90 every day through next Tuesday with only a 10 percent chance of rain tonight and 20 percent Thursday night. There is no rain projected for the remainder of the forecast period.

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