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County-wide burn ban starts May 1

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By Drew Nichter

A county-wide restriction on open burning goes into effect next week.

The burn ban starts May 1 and continues through Sept. 30.

Oldham County Emergency Management Director Kevin Nuss said the ban is mandated by the federal Clean Air Act to limit already-high pollution levels during the summer months.

There are exemptions to the burn ban, including setting fires for cooking food (e.g., grills or cooking pits); recreational or ceremonial purposes (e.g., small bonfires or campfires); and recognized agricultural or wildlife management practices.

Violators of the burn ban can be fined up to $25,000 per day.

Nuss said if residents plan to have a controlled burn under one of the exemptions, call OC Dispatch in advance.

“If it’s going to be significant enough where another person could see it,” call 222-0111 to notify dispatchers, Nuss said.

For information, call the Ky. Division of Air Quality at (888) 287-6529 or visit www.air.ky.gov.

Email us about this story at: drew@oldhamera.com.