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Forest Service implements fire restrictions
« on: November 03, 2016, 05:23:42 PM »

Forest Service implements fire restrictions

WINCHESTER, Ky., Nov. 3, 2016 – With drought conditions worsening, the Daniel Boone National Forest issued an emergency order on Thursday that restricts the use of fire on national forest lands.   

The order prohibits any open fire outside of developed recreation areas that are part of the national forest. In campgrounds and picnic areas, campfires are permitted only in existing metal fire rings and pedestal grills installed by the Forest Service. 

The fire restriction order also prohibits the use of candles or any other open-flame device outside of developed recreation sites.

Portable lanterns and stoves that use pressurized gas or liquid fuel and have a shutoff valve are permitted outside of developed recreations areas, but Forest Service officials urge caution.

“The drought continues to expand across the forest, and the forest fuel moisture levels are extremely dry, trending toward near-record levels,” said Fire Management Officer CorDell Taylor.

“Over the past few months, eastern Kentucky has received little rainfall, and no significant rainfall is predicted in the extended weather forecasts.”

Anyone in violation of the Forest Supervisor’s fire restriction order will be fined and may be required to appear in federal court. In addition to fines, any individual or group responsible for causing a wildfire may be held liable for fire suppression costs.

U.S. Forest Service regulations require that any campfire be attended at all times, even those in developed recreation areas where fire rings occur.

For a list of recreation areas where campfires are permitted in existing metal fire rings or pedestal grills, visitors can call the ranger district office where they plan to visit. District office phone numbers can be found at www.fs.usda.gov/dbnf.
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