Ozone Season Restrictions End; Fire Hazard Season Begins

For many Kentucky counties, September 30 marked the end of ozone season restrictions to open burning that have been in place to protect air quality.  But before lighting up the back yard burn pile, the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection reminds you to take precautions to prevent that burn from getting out of hand.  October 1 marks the beginning of the fall Fire Hazard Season.

During Fire Hazard Season, open burning within 150 feet of any woodland or brushland is allowed only during the evening hours between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m.  This is when humidity and wind conditions are less favorable for fire spreading and getting out of control.  For more information about wildland fire prevention, visit the Kentucky Division for Forestry’s Wildland Fire Management page at http://forestry.ky.gov/wildlandfiremanagement/Pages/default.aspx .

Some open burning is legal, but most materials are actually illegal to burn.  Remember to check local ordinances as well as Kentucky’s open burning regulation before open burning.  To learn before you burn, call 888-BURN-LAW or visit http://air.ky.gov/Pages/OpenBurning.aspx .