- Associated Press - Friday, September 25, 2015

BENTON, Ky. (AP) - Officials in at least two western Kentucky counties have declared burn bans.

Media report Marshall County Judge-Executive Chryill Miller and McLean County Judge-Executive Kelly Thurman issued orders on Thursday banning burning until further notice. Both officials noted dry conditions in the area.

The decision in Marshall County comes in the wake of a field fire that briefly burned out of control earlier in the week.

National Weather Service meteorologist Brittany Peterson told The Paducah Sun that the area has abnormally dry conditions typical with the onset of a drought.

Weather service meteorologist Robin Smith says rain is forecast over the weekend, but it likely will be only a “minimal” amount.

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