It is illegal to burn anything within 150 feet of any woodland between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. during the spring forest fire hazard season, which is from Sunday, Feb. 15, to Thursday, April 30, according to Kentucky Forestry regulations.
Currently, neither Governor Steve Beshear nor the Kentucky Division of Forestry has issued a ban on burning.
Both Cadiz Public Works Director Kerry Fowler and Trigg County Treasurer Lucy Oliver simply advised residents to follow state burning laws, as city and county regulations are no different from the state’s regulations.
Safe burning should only be conducted during favorable weather conditions of high humidity and calm winds, and if windy conditions increase the risk of the fire spreading, the fire should be put out immediately, Forestry officials said.
It is also recommended that those wanting to burn debris should keep water, a rake and a shovel close at hand, should stay with the brush pile until it’s completely extinguished, and should keep burn piles small, said Forestry officials, adding that the suggested size is five feet by five feet.
As long as the fire is not a large one, Oliver said, there should be no need to notify local fire departments.
More information about state fire regulations can be found by calling 1-800-866-0876 or by visiting www.forestry.ky.gov.