9:59am

Fri June 29, 2012
Environmental Watchdog

Increased Fire Risk Through Next Week

Sixty-four Kentucky counties have implemented burn bans because of the extreme heat and dry conditions in much of the state. The list of counties with bans was at 33 early Thursday morning but then increased to 51 in early afternoon and hit 61 just before 5 p.m. Three more counties banned burning since.

The list includes:

Anderson, Ballard, Barren, Bath, Boone, Bourbon, Boyd, Boyle, Breathitt, Breckinridge, Butler, Caldwell, Calloway, Campbell, Carlisle, Clark, Clinton, Crittenden, Eliott, Fayette, Floyd, Fulton, Graves, Hancock, Harrison, Henderson, Hickman, Hopkins, Jessamine, Johnson, Laurel, Lawrence, Logan, Lyon, Madison, Marshall, Martin, McCracken, McLean, Menifee, Mercer, Metcalfe, Montgomery, Monroe, Morgan, Muhlenberg, Nicholas, Oldham, Owsley, Perry, Powell, Pike, Robertson, Rowan, Scott, Simpson, Todd, Trigg, Union, Warren, Webster, Whitley, Wolfe and Woodford.

Highs around the state today will range from about 98 to a little over 100 degrees. The increased risk for fire will continue through next week, the National Weather Service said.

Some communities have also banned the personal use of fireworks because of the increased danger of setting off grass fires.