Officially, calendar fall is supposed to begin this coming Monday. Well, in Kentucky fall is going to be put on hold perhaps until early October. The biggest concern at this point is, of course, the persistent heat but also the extremely dry conditions as it's been several weeks since we've seen any steady rain. 

Therefore, a little over half the counties in the state are under a burn ban until further notice. County burn bans are issued by the county Judge-Executive and are enforced with help from local law enforcement.

Burn bans generally prohibit the following:

  1. Burning of forest, grass, crops, woodlands, marshes or other similar areas.
  2. Burning leaves or debris.
  3. Campfires, bonfires and warming fires.
  4. Open-pit cooking and charcoal grilling.
  5. Use of fireworks and welding may also be prohibited or regulated.

As of now, seven counties in western/south-central Kentucky are under a burn ban; Butler, Edmonson, Grayson, Hopkins, McLean, Muhlenberg, and Warren.

Note, the Kentucky Division of Forestry isn't always notified when a burn ban is issued, therefore isn't always best to check with your local fire department and/or your county Judge-Executive's office.