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Rain ends burn ban


SALYERSVILLE – After roughly six weeks with no measurable amounts of precipitation, the area finally received some much-needed rain. 

When the wet stuff arrived on Sunday, most of Magoffin was in a level D3 “Extreme Drought,” according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. By the time the rain ended on Monday, the area had received over 2.5 inches of rain.

On Monday, October 7, Magoffin County Judge/Executive Matt Wireman lifted the complete burn ban that had been ordered on September 16, but warned citizens to still be cautious.

“Please keep in mind it is still fire season,” Wireman stated in his social media post lifting the ban. “Kentucky's fall forest fire hazard season is Oct. 1 through Dec. 15. During forest fire seasons, it is illegal to burn anything between the hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. within 150 feet of any woodland or brushland.”

The full executive order issued on Monday:

Whereas, having enough rainfall on October 6th and 7th, 2019, to significantly reduce the threat of forest fires, and;

Whereas, Kentucky’s forest fire hazard season is in effect from October 1 through December 15, 2019, making it illegal to burn anything between the hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. within 150 feet f any woodland area or brushland;

Now, Therefore, I, Matthew C. Wireman, Magoffin County Judge/Executive, by the virtue and the powers and authorities vested in me as Judge/Executive by the Constitution and the laws of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, do Hereby Order that the Emergency Burn Ban ordered on September 16, 2019 is no longer in effect.

Witness my hand this 7th day of October 2019.

Honorable Matthew C. Wireman
Magoffin County Judge/Executive



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