Record heat hits Trigg; state declares Level Two drought in the area
by Franklin Clark, Reporter -- fclark@cadizrecord.com
Jul 03, 2012 | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
<i>submitted by the Kentucky Department of Water<p>
The above infographic shows the drought conditions of the entire state. Most of western Kentucky is under a Level Two Drought, which increases the risk of wildfire and depletion of water supplies.</i>
submitted by the Kentucky Department of Water

The above infographic shows the drought conditions of the entire state. Most of western Kentucky is under a Level Two Drought, which increases the risk of wildfire and depletion of water supplies.

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Trigg County and other surrounding counties have endured record or near-record heat and have also seen very little rain this summer.

At press time, the Kentucky Mesonet had recorded a high of 106.6 degrees Fahrenheit, which was reached on Friday.

On Thursday morning, Trigg County Judge Executive Stan Humphries issued a ban on outdoor burning. There is no set expiration date on the ban; it states the ban is in effect “until sufficient moisture has alleviated the dangerous conditions.”

The ban did not originally affect fireworks, but Humphries amended the ban on Monday morning to include private fireworks, citing Kentucky Revised Statute (KRS) 227.750.

The fireworks show at Lake Barkley Beach, which was scheduled for July 3, was still allowed at press time.

“Only locations that will use professional pyrotechnicians and have firemen and fire trucks on site will be allowed,” the order states.

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