~~Division of Forestry Outdoor Burning Laws
The Kentucky Division of Forestry is mandated by law to "provide for organized fire protection." This mandate is carried out through wildland fire detection, suppression and law enforcement carried out by nine districts located throughout the state. The division supplements its fire suppression efforts through cooperation with rural fire departments by providing them with training, equipment and vehicles. The division also utilizes Department of Corrections crews and Kentucky National Guard personnel and equipment during fire emergencies. These activities are funded in part by a county assessment of 2 cents for each timberland acre.
Forest Fire Hazard Seasons - KRS 149.400
•During fire seasons, it is illegal to burn anything within 150 feet of any woodland or brushland between the hours of 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
◾Spring Forest Fire Hazard Season: Feb. 15 - April 30.
◾Fall Forest Fire Hazard Season: Oct. 1 - Dec. 15.
Open Burning Regulation - 401 KAR 63:005
small debris burnOpen burning regulations are enforced by the Division for Air Quality. It is illegal to burn garbage or any other materials, except natural plant matter, such as brush and woody debris. Visit the Division for Air Quality Web site for more information.
Before conducting any outdoor burning, citizens should check with their local fire department and county government to find out about restrictions and local ordinances. If you are preparing to have a controlled burn you MUST contact Nelson County Dispatch to make them aware and also call back after your burn is complete. The number is 502-348-3211
Forest Protection Laws - KRS 149.010 - KRS 149.991
Forest protection laws place the primary responsibility of protecting Kentucky's forestland on the Division of Forestry. Some of the areas covered by this law include: fire hazard seasons, collection of fire suppression costs, authority of forest wardens, collection of timberland assessment and wildland arson.
For a free full color pamphlet of information please call 502-252-5301 or stop by Station 1 at 130 Perry Street in Bloomfield or City Hall or ask one of the Firefighters and they can help you with any information you may need.
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