- Special Sections
- Public Notices
The Division of Forestry has the authority to impose fines of up to $10,000 and imprisonment of up to five years for any person who violates burning within 150 feet of a woodland or brush land.
During the fire hazard season, even though the precautions required by KRS shall have been taken, it shall be unlawful for any person to set fire to, or to procure another to set fire to, any flammable material capable of spreading fire, located in or within 150 feet of any woodland or brush land between the hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. from Feb. 15 through April 40.
Under state law, all fire shall be attended until extinguished to prevent the spread of such fire to any other land.
To prevent the spread of the fire the owner or lessee shall take precautions, by having all flammable material cut or piled or carefully cleared around the same, to prevent the spread of the fire.
State law prohibits the open burning of all materials except for cookouts and a campfire, natural land growth, leaves and in some circumstances certain other materials.
The regulation strictly prohibits the burning of tires, garbage, construction debris, demolition debris, appliances, cars, buses, trailers, and all other materials, which are not specifically exempted by this regulation.
A lot of things go up in smoke when you burn a trash pile, things that can cause serious health problems and damage to the environment.
Instead of burning leave, newspapers and other degradable junk grind it up and put it in a compost pile.
Violating state air quality regulations could result in a fine of up to $25,000 per day.
In addition to the Division for Air Quality rules, other state and local regulations may apply.
For example, the Kentucky Division of Forestry and the State Fire Marshal’s Office have regulations aimed at ensuring a blaze does not spread.
Before starting a fire, check with your local fire departments about restrictions that apply to your community or the Division for Air Quality at 502-573-3382.
The Kentucky Division for Air Quality rules do allow certain types of open burning: such as campfires, barbecues, small fires for warmth, burning plant matter from clearing your own property and wood bonfires on festive occasions.
“It is illegal to burn tires, rubber products, wire, treated or painted or finished wood, plastic, garbage, heavy oils, asphalt materials, building materials coated with asbestos or paints and agricultural and households chemicals,” according to the Kentucky Division for Air Quality.
Please take special precautions, as it is very dry. If you see a fire call 911 and then try and put it out by using water, fire breaks or taking away the fuel. However remember that your life is still the most important. Never put your life in danger by being burnt, overcome with heat or smoke. Remember only you can prevent fires from happening by not allowing them to occur.