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There’s a brand new purple flag warning for outside burns. Is it nonetheless protected to have bonfires?

A bonfire, not the one pictured, exploded on Friday, Oct. 14, injuring dozens of people, Wisconsin officials say.

A bonfire, not the one pictured, exploded on Friday, Oct. 14, injuring dozens of individuals, Wisconsin officers say.

Toa Heftiba through Unsplash

Fayette County could have let its burn ban expire earlier this week, however the National Weather Service issued one other red flag warning Thursday advising in opposition to outside burning.

So between the excessive winds and low humidity anticipated to final till at the very least Thursday, Oct. 27, is it protected to soak up the autumn evenings round your yard firepit or bonfire?

“With caution under these parameters, you’re free to enjoy campfires and bonfires,” Fayette County Fire Marshal Jeffrey Johnson advised the Lexington Herald-Leader in an interview Wednesday. “Just use wisdom.”

If you’re planning on doing any burning outdoor this time of yr, right here’s what to remember to remain protected and keep away from setting off a yard blaze.

Be conscious of burn bans and fireplace circumstances in your space

October is the start of Kentucky’s fall wildfire hazard season, bringing outside burning restrictions to the state.

Johnson famous that burn bans are comparatively rare in Fayette County. It’s been three years for the reason that county skilled its final burn ban, again in September of 2019, he stated.

Still, a statewide ban is lively throughout the day each fall from Oct. 1 to Dec. 15 and spring from Feb. 15 to April 30 to assist deter wildfires.

The state’s outdoor burning law prohibits burning between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. (prevailing native time) if the fireplace is inside 150 ft of any woodland, brushland, or fields containing dry grass or different flammable materials.

“With Kentuckians heavily impacted by natural disasters over the last nine months, the division will continue to work hard to protect our fellow citizens and wildlife,” stated Brandon Howard, Kentucky’s State Forester and Director of the Division of Forestry, in a state news release. “We ask that if debris burning occurs, take proper precautions to prevent fires from escaping and becoming wildfires.”

The Division of Forestry responds to greater than 1,000 wildfires yearly throughout the state, the discharge stated. Studies present that 99% of all wildfires in Kentucky are from human exercise, and arsonists begin over half of the wildfires. The second main trigger is particles fires that escape.

Take precautions to keep away from wildfires

Johnson recommends the next in case you’ll be burning outdoor this autumn:

  • Build your yard bonfire no larger than 3 ft broad and situate it at the very least 25 ft from any construction. Make positive it’s not beneath any tree limbs or energy strains.

  • Burn solely firewood. Do not burn any trash, plywood, damaged furnishings with paint on it or leaves.

  • Use a spark arrestor on your firepit to cease sparks and embers that may very well be carried aloft on the wind.

  • Open burning is usually prohibited wherever in Fayette County, barring a number of exceptions. Even in case you’re in a rural space of the county, you continue to want a burn allow. You can apply for a burn permit online.

  • If your private home has a hearth, comply with producers’ suggestions. Johnson provides it’s additionally all the time a good suggestion to get an inspection from knowledgeable. Build-up within the chimney can catch fireplace, and if there’s a crack within the mortar, fireplace can catch and unfold in your roof with out you figuring out.


Aaron Mudd is a service journalism reporter with the Lexington Herald-Leader based mostly in Lexington, Kentucky. He beforehand labored for the Bowling Green Daily News masking Ok-12 and better training. Aaron has roots in Kentucky’s Fayette, Marion and Warren counties.
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