Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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October 23, 2010

Burning ban issued in Boyd County

CATLETTSBURG — Dry conditions in Boyd County have led to a ban on open burning.

Judge-Executive William “Bud” Stevens issued an executive order banning open burning on Friday.

In a press release Friday, Stevens declared a state of emergency because of dry conditions and a forecast predicting a long period without significant rainfall for the county.

The seven-day forecast from the National Weather Service lists at least a chance of showers from Sunday night until Tuesday night in Ashland and Catlettsburg with a 70 percent chance on Monday.

But Stevens said it will take several days of rain to relieve dry conditions.

“One or two days of rain will not solve this problem, that’s how bad it is,” he said.

Stevens said the ban isn’t meant to prevent controlled fires such as people burning trash. It is meant instead to stop uncontrolled fires.

It’s the start of forest fire hazard season and forest fires have been occurring in large numbers throughout the state, according to the press release.

Stevens said dry conditions on top of falling leaves create a situation that could be dangerous.

He said Boyd County hasn’t had a major problem with fires yet. His order is a preventative measure.

Current conditions endanger public safety, increase risk to firefighters and threaten the county’s natural resources, according to the press release.

The ban on open burning will be enforced by state, local and county law enforcement and violating the order is considered a class A misdemeanor, according to the press release.

The executive order will remain in place until Stevens issues another order to rescind it, according to the press release.

Stevens said he issued the order at the request of the Boyd County Office of Emergency Management.

KATIEā€ˆBRANDENBURG can be reached at kbrandenburg@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2653.

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