While the region has seen rain over the past month or so, the Kentucky Division of Forestry is again preparing for an active wildfire season as lack of rain this summer and increased fuel loads from spring storms could pose problems for fighting fires.
Officials note that despite recent rainfalls, most of Kentucky is still very dry, especially the western part of the state. Forestry officials say that taking extra precautions with fires around homes and camp fires as well as being alert to forest arson can eliminate the majority of wildfires that occur in Kentucky.
The fall fire season officially began Monday and runs through December 15. During this time period, it is illegal to burn anything within 150 feet of any woodland or brushland between the hours of 6am and 6pm.