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Hunter's assistance Deerly needed during fire season

"Our woodlands are an important resource, just like our wildlife/We encourage hunters in the next several weeks to be responsible and careful with campfires, smoking and other activities that could put our forests at risk for wildfires." said Director of Kentucky Division of Forestry, Bill Steele (Yes, our own Bill Steele, Columbia, Adair County, KY - CM). Click on headline for complete story.
(Total Outdoor Burning Ban in Effect in Adair County.. 24 Hours, Around the Clock by Order of Adair County CJE Michael Lee Stephens)

By Jennifer Turner, Public Information Officer
Kentucky Division of Forestry

FRANKFORT, KY (Nov. 5, 2016) - Thousands of hunters are expected to be in the woods this weekend hunting small game, including rabbit, quail and grouse. And with modern rifle season opening next weekend, the Division of Forestry is hoping all hunters will be particularly careful to protect the Commonwealth's forests as the state battles wildfire fires.

Hunters can help combat the recent rash of arson fires by staying alert and reporting suspicious activities to their local forestry office, local law enforcement agency or by calling the Target Arson Hotline (1-800-27ARSON). Callers could be in for a cash reward of up to $1,000 if the information leads to an arrest and indictment.

The woods are extremely dry and dozens of counties have issued burning bans that prohibit all outdoor burning, including campfires. Hunters are encouraged to contact their local fire department or county officials, or go the Kentucky Division of Forestry Facebook page to learn their county's burning ban status. If a county does not have a burning ban, hunters must still abide by the fire hazard season burning restrictions. Outdoor burning is only permitted between 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., within 150 feet of the woods, and all fires must be monitored at all times.

Extra care must be taken in and around areas that have recently burned. These areas can be hazardous due to fire-weakened trees, which could result in trees falling without warning. The Division of Forestry also wishes to caution hunters that firefighters will wear yellow as they work to control wildfires throughout the Commonwealth. Their safety depends on hunters using caution.

"Our woodlands are an important resource, just like our wildlife," said Director Bill Steele, Kentucky Division of Forestry. "We encourage hunters in the next several weeks to be responsible and careful with campfires, smoking and other activities that could put our forests at risk for wildfires."

Steele advises all hunters to keep plenty of water on hand while afield and pay attention to things such as driving through dry fields where hot vehicle exhaust pipes might come in contact with grass or leaves. "We want all of our hunters to have a safe and productive hunting season," said Steele. "But we also want each one to guard against preventable accidents that can destroy wildlife habitat, our valuable forest resources and even personal property of landowners who've agreed to permit hunting."

This story was posted on 2016-11-06 05:21:58
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