burn ban 1MUHLENBERG COUNTY, Ky. (8/2/14) — Muhlenberg County Judge-Executive Rick Newman has issued an executive order banning all outdoor burning in the county until further notice.

According to a proclamation issued Friday, Aug. 1, the ban is in effect until further notice.

The official order states, "due to current and predicted weather conditions and the extreme danger of forest fires in Muhlenberg County, I, Rick Newman, County Judge-Executive of Muhlenberg County, do hereby issue the following Executive Order effective at noon, Aug. 1. All outdoor burning in Muhlenberg County is prohibited under authority of KRS 149.401. This prohibition is in effect until this proclamation has been rescinded by public notice. I urge all Muhlenberg county citizens to comply with this proclamation, so that we can preserve Muhlenberg County's timber resources."

According to the Kentucky Division of Forestry, any violation of a burning ban is considered a misdemeanor punishable by law. Burn bans generally prohibit the burning of forest, grass, crops, woodlands, marshes or other similar areas, burning leaves or debris, campfires, bonfires and warming fires, and open pit cooking and charcoal grilling. The use of fireworks and welding may also be prohibited or regulated.

The latest statistics from KDF indicate that almost 37,000 acres of forests have been lost statewide so far in 2014. According to KDF, the causes of fires in Kentucky this year include 777 due to arson, 276 fires have been the result of the burning of debris and 165 fires were due to other causes.  
 

Paul McRee
SurfKY News

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

Most Read This Week

April 17, 2015 11912

An Open Letter from an Addict

by Olivia Kirks
April 23, 2015 7486

Man Charged with Sodomy, Incest/Victim under 12

by SurfKY News
April 18, 2015 5779

Man Charged with Attempting to Coerce Minor for…

by Madisonville Police Department
April 20, 2015 4869

Nortonville Woman Charged with Meth Possession at…

by Madisonville Police Department
April 24, 2015 4084

UPDATE: Police Can't Substantiate Injured Man…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News

Most Read This Month

April 17, 2015 11912

An Open Letter from an Addict

by Olivia Kirks
April 02, 2015 8800

UPDATE: Madisonville Man Injured in Head-on…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News

Stories Trending Now

April 24, 2015 4084

UPDATE: Police Can't Substantiate Injured Man…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
April 24, 2015 1103

Career Fair Provides Students Information about…

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
April 25, 2015 1089

Above and Beyond: Wade Simons

by Gary Gates, SurfKY News
April 24, 2015 1045

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports Released -…

by SurfKY News
April 24, 2015 1030

Hopkins District Court Fines Handed Down

by Karen McKnight
April 24, 2015 989

Probation and Parole Violators - April 24, 2015

by Gary Gates, SurfKY News
April 24, 2015 945

Baptist Health Holds ‘Walk in the Park’ as Part…

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
April 23, 2015 936

Regional Eighth Grade Math Contest Held

by Joyce Riggs
April 24, 2015 921

Elementary Girls in Good GRACES with Unique…

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
April 24, 2015 906

Muhlenberg District Court Fines Handed Down

by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News