Division of Forestry issues guidance for Fall Forest Fire Hazard Season

The Division of Forestry is responsible for enforcing wildlife fire management. Forestry personnel are charged with fighting wildfires and educating residents about outdoor burning regulations and other fire hazards.

Fall Forest Fire Hazard Season begins Oct. 1 and ends Dec. 1.

To mitigate fire threats and bolster responsible fire safety, the state’s Division of Forestry reminds residents burning is legal only between the hours of 6 p.m. and 6 a.m.

“With wildfires raging in the western United States, Kentuckians are reminded that as the state enters its Fall Forest Fire Hazard Season on October 1, their actions can make a big difference in the number and severity of fires in the commonwealth,” a recent news release from the agency stated.

The Division of Forestry policy outlines that it is illegal to burn between the hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. within 150 feet of any woodland or brushland. According to state officials, wildfires are 99% human-caused in Kentucky.

Division of Forestry officials encourages burning during the evening when humidity levels are peaking, and the wind is subsiding.

Residents are encouraged to confirm with the local fire department and city and county government officials what the local ordinances are before conducting any outdoor burning.

The Division of Forestry outlines the following precautions to prevent disastrous fires, create a defensible space around homes, extinguish smoking materials properly, avoid parking automobiles on dry vegetation and totally extinguish all campfires and debris piles.

If forest arson is suspected, residents can report to the Target Arson Hotline at 1-800-27-ARSON.

The Spring Forest Fire Hazard Season starts Feb. 15 and runs through April 30.