USA — Judge-Executive Lawrence Kuhl signed an executive order on Thursday declaring a county-wide burn ban for Laurel County, following drought conditions and a week of continually burning forest fires reported in the region.
Since Monday, more than 300 acres have burned along Highway 119 in Harlan County, and new fires are popping up another 70 acres was burning in Floyd County on Thursday. Fires were reported in 21 regional counties as of Wednesday, according to the Kentucky Division of Forestrys Web site at www.forestry.ky.gov/situationreport.
Kentucky forest fire hazard seasons are Feb. 15 through April 30 and Oct. 1 through Dec. 15. Light, scattered rainfall was last received across much of the state on Monday of last week.