Floyd County Judge Executive Robbie Williams issued an executive order on Monday, implementing an immediate burn ban in the county.
The executive order cited “ current and predicted weather conditions, and the extreme danger of forest fires in Floyd County” as the reason for the ban, which started at noon on Sept. 16.
“All outdoor burning in Floyd County is prohibited under authority of KRS 149.401,” the order states. “This prohibition is in effect until this proclamation has been rescinded by public notice. I urge all Floyd County citizens to comply with this proclamation so that we can preserve Floyd County’s timber resources.”
Under that statue, counties and cities may enact burn bans “during periods of extraordinary forest fire hazard.”
The order was issued on the same day similar orders were issued in other counties, including Johnson and Pike counties.
Fall forest fire hazard season runs from Oct. 1 through Dec. 15 in Kentucky. During that time, it is illegal to burn anything within 150 feet of any woodland or brushland between the hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.