Judge Executive Wil Cannon has issued a county-wide ban on all open burning in Edmonson County effective immediately.
This includes any and all types of outdoor burning, including burning leaves and limbs, trash, or brush.
"Several other counties have already put this in place," Cannon said. "We've spoken with our local fire departments and emergency management office and we all feel that this is the right thing to do."
Current outdoor conditions are extremely volatile for the advancement and spreading of a fire, due to the extreme dry and breezy situation.
"You know, you could just throw a cigarette out your vehicle window and that's just enough of a spark to cause some major damage," he added. "This ban will be in effect until conditions improve, and that's going to take a good amount of rainfall."
*UPDATE: MAMMOTH CAVE NATIONAL PARK ALSO ANNOUNCES BURN BAN
Superintendent Sarah Craighead instituted a ban on all open-flame fires within Mammoth Cave National Park, effective immediately. Judge executives in Barren, Edmonson and Hart Counties have also issued fire bans.
“The lack of precipitation in September and October has caused drought conditions in our area,” said Craighead. “The fire ban will protect park visitors and park resources. The ban will be in effect until conditions improve.”
Campfires and use of charcoal are banned in the park. Only camp stoves will be allowed in the campground.