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Burning ban still in place

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By Molly Haines

A no-outdoor-burning restriction that took effect Sept. 24 continues to be in place.

Several grass fires have occurred since the ban went into effect.

However, Owen County Judge/Executive Carolyn Keith said to her knowledge no one has been cited for illegal burning since the ban was announced. According to the Kentucky Division of Forestry, the agency responsible for citing violators, anyone caught maintaining an outside fire could  be fined.

During forest fire season, which began Oct. 1 and extends through Dec. 15, it’s illegal to burn anything within 150 feet of any woodland or brush land between the hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.

According to weather forecasts for the area around Owen County, there is little chance of significant rainfall in the next 11 days.

Keith said the county would need to receive a substantial amount of rain before lifting the ban.

“I rely upon the Department of Forestry and Fish and Wildlife for knowledge on what to do,” Keith said.

As hunting season begins to open in Owen County, officials are concerned with more people heading out to the woods and urged everyone to be more cautious.

“We will need to keep a close eye on things with deer season approaching.”

Keith said when the ban is lifted a message will go out on the “One Call Now” system and the News-Herald will be notified.