The Kentucky Division of Forestry says the fall forest fire season started on Monday, October 1 and will run through December 15th. Outdoor burning is illegal between the hours of 6:00 A.M. and 6:00 P.M. and do not burn within 150 feet of any woodland or brushland. Officials say extinguish all fires completely, never leave a fire unattended and always extinguish fires if conditions become too windy. Allow hot ashes from woodstoves and fireplaces to cool before disposing outdoors. Extinguish smoking materials properly. Put out cigarettes, cigars, or pipes only in cleared areas free of vegetation or flammable material. Avoid parking cars, trucks, or recreational vehicles on dry vegetation. The exhaust system on a vehicle can reach a temperature of more than 1,000 degrees, which is hot enough to start a wildfire.More than 23,000 acres were burned across Kentucky in 2017 and nearly 16,000 of those acres were in southeast Kentucky. Arson accounted for 55% of fires statewide. In 2016, more than 71,000 acres of land across Kentucky were damaged by wildfires.
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