Darren Doyle, story:
Fire departments from around the county have battled numerous brush and woods fires over the last couple of weeks, and according to Chalybeate Fire Chief Daniel Johnson, they've occurred during prohibited burning hours.
"We're in a burn ban right now," said Johnson. "According to KRS 149.400, the time between February 15 and April 30 is Kentucky Forest Fire Hazard Season."
Chief Johnson also said that the statewide ban says it is unlawful for any person to set fire to, or procure another to set fire to, any flammable material capable of spreading fire located in or within one hundred fifty feet (150') of any woodland or brushland except between the hours of 6PM and 6AM local time, or unless the ground is covered with snow.
He also noted that with dry and windy conditions, burning a simple pile of trash can quickly get out of hand and burn hundreds, even thousands of acres.
"We've had the Division of Forestry involved of some of these recent fires," he said. "We are encouraging everyone to please obey the law."