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Partial burn ban begins May 1

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By The Staff

Beginning May 1 through Sept. 30, open burning is prohibited in parts of Oldham County designated by the Federal Environmental Protection Agency as moderate non-attainment air quality for ozone.

The specific Oldham County area, as described in 401 KAR 51:010, is:

“That portion of Oldham County within the boundaries described as follows: Beginning at the intersection of the Oldham-Jefferson County line with the southbound lane of Interstate 71; proceeding to the northeast along the southbound lane of I-71 to the intersection of Ky. 329 and the southbound lane of Interstate 71; proceeding to the northwest on Ky. 329 to the intersection of Zaring Road and Ky. 329; proceeding to the east-northeast on Zaring Road to the junction of Cedar Point Road and Zaring Road; proceeding to the north-northeast on Cedar Point Road to the junction of Ky. 393 and Cedar Point Road; proceeding to the south-southeast on Ky. 393 to the junction of the access road on the north side of Reformatory Lake and the Reformatory; proceeding to the east-northeast on the access road to the junction with Dawkins Lane and the access road; proceeding to follow an electric power line east-northeast across from the junction of County Road 746 and Dawkins Lane to the east-northeast across Ky. 53 on to the La Grange Water Filtration Plant; proceeding on to the east-southeast along the power line then south across Fort Pickens Road to a power substation on Ky. 146; proceeding along the power line south across Ky. 146 and the Seaboard System Railroad Track to adjoin the incorporated city limits of La Grange ; then proceeding east then south along the La Grange city limits to a point abutting the north side of Ky. 712; proceeding east-southeast on Ky. 712 to the junction of Massie School Road and Ky. 712; proceeding to the south-southwest on Massie School Road to the intersection of Massie School Road and Zale Smith Road; proceeding northwest on Zale Smith Road to the junction of Ky. 53 and Zale Smith Road; proceeding on Ky. 53 to the north-northwest to the junction of new Moody Lane and Ky. 53; proceeding on new Moody Lane to the south-southwest until meeting the city limits of La Grange ; then briefly proceeding north following the La Grange city limits to the intersection of the northbound lane of I-71 and the La Grange city limits; proceeding southwest on the northbound lane of I-71 until intersecting with the North Fork of Currys Fork; proceeding south-southwest beyond the confluence of Currys Fork to the south-southwest beyond the confluence of Floyds Fork continuing on to the Oldham-Jefferson County Line; proceeding northwest along the Oldham-Jefferson County Line to the beginning.”

Sections of Oldham County outside the non-attainment zone may continue open burning, as long as residents follow guidelines as set forth in the Oldham County Open Burning Ordinance enacted Dec. 6, 2005.

All Oldham County fire departments have the authority from Oldham County Judge-Executive Duane Murner to cite residents in violation of the Open Burning Ordinance.

When conducting an open burn, residents must notify Oldham County Dispatch prior to the burn, and the fire must be attended at all times, until completely extinguished.

The penalties for violation of the Open Burning Ordinance range from a $50 to $1,000 fine.

Questions concerning the Oldham County Open Burn Ordinance should be addressed to the resident’s local Fire Protection District or Oldham County Emergency Management.