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High Winds Could Cause Extreme Wildfire Conditions

High Winds Could Cause Extreme Wildfire Conditions

Bill Stephens

November 17th, 2016

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NEWS RELEASE

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 17, 2016) – The approach of a cold front on Friday will bring with it an increase in south to southwest winds. This will combine with hot, dry conditions during the afternoon to produce an elevated risk for wildfires. Fires could spread quickly and potentially burn out of control. Open burns could spread to wooded areas and homes.

The Division of Forestry recommends no outdoor burning. There are currently 85 counties with outdoor burning bans in place. Visit the division’s Facebook page at Kentucky Division of Forestry to view a complete list.

“While others are out enjoying the beautiful weather, division firefighters, other state agency personnel and countless local fire department firefighters will be risking their lives to protect Kentucky’s forests, homes and communities”, said, Director, Bill Steele, Jr. “I urge every Kentuckian to do their part in protecting them by not setting any fires.”

Most wildfires in Kentucky are caused by careless debris burning and arson, therefore, the division is urging citizens to report any information about arson to the division or a local law enforcement agency. Other outdoor burning laws to consider include open burning regulations and legal disposal methods.

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