- Associated Press - Monday, October 3, 2016

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The Kentucky Division of Forestry says it’s preparing for another active wildfire season as seasonal restrictions on outdoor burning take effect.

The agency says the fall forest fire hazard season is under way.

State law restricts open burning within 150 feet of any woodland or brushland between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. during fall and spring forest fire hazard seasons. The fall season runs from Oct. 1 to Dec. 15.

Division Director Bill Steele says hardwood leaf litter is the most common source of combustible material in Kentucky forests.

The agency says nearly 1,500 wildfires occur yearly in Kentucky, based on a 10-year average.

Kentucky wildfires threaten and cause damage to homes, private property, trees and landscapes.

Most of Kentucky’s wildfires are the result of arson and careless open burning.

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