Recent Rain Didn’t Ease Risk Of Forest Fires In Kentucky

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – The Kentucky Division of Forestry says recent rainfall hasn’t eased the risk of forest fires.

Agency officials said Tuesday that warm temperatures and winds have already caused dry conditions to return.

They say seasonal restrictions on outdoor burning are in effect. The agency asks Kentuckians to wait until conditions change before doing any outdoor burning.

The fall forest fire season in Kentucky began Oct. 1 and lasts until Dec. 15. During that period, it’s illegal for anyone to burn between the daylight hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. While it’s not illegal to burn after 6 p.m., forestry officials say the dry conditions make burning dangerous at all times.

The forestry division’s director, Bill Steele, says a substantial amount of rain over several days is needed to improve conditions.