Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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September 30, 2008

More counties in state issue burn bans

GLASGOW — Hart County became one of three central Kentucky counties Monday to issue a burn advisory.

The burn advisory was issued by Judge-Executive Terry Martin due to the extremely dry conditions that exist in the area.

“We are advising people to be as careful as they can if they’ve got to burn (anything),” Martin said.

If Hart County residents need to do any outside burning, Martin said he would like for them to call 911 and notify the agency of their plans to do outside burning, whether they are burning trash, debris or leaves.

People who do set fires during a burn advisory will not be fined.

“If there was a burn ban we would come in and fine people,” he said.

According to the Kentucky Division of Forestry, Barren, Grayson, Hardin, LaRue and Hancock counties have issued burn bans as well.

A burn ban means outside burning is prohibited and those who are caught doing it can be fined anywhere from $100 to $500.

“If you let the fire escape, you are responsible for the suppression costs of the fire,” said Dwayne Whitlock, district ranger with the Kentucky Division of Forestry in Elizabethtown.

By “suppression costs,” Whitlock means the person caught burning anything during a burn ban will have to pay the fire departments and the Kentucky Division of Forestry for putting the fire out.

Monies collected by the Kentucky Division of Forestry for extinguishing blazes, he said, are returned to the county in which the fire occurred.

“Most of the fires we’ve been going to have been equipment fires,” Whitlock said. “We’ve had several fires in the past few weeks that have been caused by combines.”

The Kentucky Division of Forestry responded to a fire in the Hiseville area last Thursday that involved a combine and burned between 50 to 60 acres.

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