Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet
Have a safe, fire-free holiday
FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 1, 2005) – Kentuckians are urged to enjoy the outdoors during this long holiday weekend, but are reminded to be careful. Many areas statewide are experiencing mild drought conditions. As a result, grass and woodlands are extremely dry and fires can be easily ignited and can spread quickly.
As you observe the holiday weekend with activities such as fireworks and campfires, extra precautions should be taken:
- Do not leave campfires or hot grills unattended. It only takes a spark to destroy acres of grass and woodlands and possibly your home.
- Douse campfires and hot charcoals with water.
Some counties may consider issuing outdoor burning bans. Contact your local fire department or county judge-executive to find out if your county will be affected. Burning ban information can also be obtained by visiting the Kentucky Division of Forestry's Wildland Fire Situation report Web page at http://www.forestry.ky.gov/situationreport/