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Energy and Environment Cabinet

Division of Forestry
County Burn Bans

In addition to forest fire hazard seasons and outdoor burning regulations enforced by the Kentucky Division of Forestry (KDF), the Kentucky Division for Air Quality and the Kentucky Division of Waste Management, further restrictions may be initiated at the local level through county burn bans and local ordinances. County burn bans are issued by the county judge/executive and are enforced with assistance from KDF.  Violation of a burning ban is a misdemeanor punishable by law.

Burn bans generally prohibit the following:

  • Burning of forest, grass, crops, woodlands, marshes or other similar areas.
  • Burning leaves or debris.
  • Campfires, bonfires and warming fires.
  • Open pit cooking and charcoal grilling.
  • Use of fireworks and welding may also be prohibited or regulated.

Current Burn Bans:

Please link to the Current Wildland Fire Activity Report for an updated list of county burn bans.

For more information about outdoor burning restrictions in your county, please contact your local government office.  For current information about wildland fire activity in Kentucky, view the Current Wildland Fire Activity Report.    

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