February 21, 2024

Spring forest fire season is over; officials say to still be cautious while burning

With the calendar turning to May, spring forest fire season in Kentucky has officially come to an end, but state forestry officials are still urging citizens to utilize caution when burning outside.

The Division of Forestry says that burning is now allowed statewide between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. Burning was prohibited during these times from February 15th until April 30th.

When burning, all fires should be attended until extinguished.

Studies show that 99 percent of all wildfires in Kentucky are from human activity. Arsonists start over half of the wildfires, and the second leading cause is debris fires that escape. If a fire escapes from the burning of debris, immediately contact the Division of Forestry field office in Campbellsville at 270-465-5071, or the local fire department.