October brings the start of Wildfire Hazard Season

October is the start of Wildfire Hazard Season in Kentucky and Kentuckians are reminded to use caution when lighting fires and reminded that fire restrictions will be in place.

According to a news release, the Commonwealth’s outdoor burning law prohibits burning between the hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. local time, if the fire is within 150 feet of any woodland, brushland or fields containing dry grass or other flammable materials. These restrictions are in effect every fall from October 1 through December 15 and again in the spring to help prevent wildfires.

The Division of Forestry responds to more than 1,000 wildfires annually across the state and roughly 99% of all wildfires in Kentucky are caused by human activity. Contact your local fire department or county judge-executive’s office for questions regarding local burn bans.