Due to the dry conditions, several counties have issued local burn bans. Perry County was recently added to the list of counties with burn bans.
On Sept. 18, the Perry County fiscal court announced that Perry County Judge-Executive Scott Alexander had issued an executive order implementing an immediate burn ban in the county.
“Several counties around us had, and the Division of Forestry, had notified me, and where we’re in just a dry season and without any rain in the past month, we issued the burn ban,” said Alexander. “We’ve had several fires that had gotten out of control already,” he said, explaining that he felt a burn ban was the safest option for the county.
The burn ban, Alexander said, is being enforced by the county, and if anyone is caught burning during the burn ban they will face repercussions, he said, as the ban is under KRS statutes.
“They can be issued a citation for burning during a burn ban,” said Alexander. “And also if they burn and it gets away, they could be held accountable for the bigger things, like a forest fire.”
No burning at all will be permitted during the burn ban, said Alexander. The ban, he said, will be lifted once Perry County gets a good amount of rain. The ban is still in effect as of press time Wednesday.
Oct. 1, fiscal court officials said, marked the beginning of the fall statewide burn ban.
For more information, contact the county judge-executive, solid waste coordinator or local fire department.