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Many Kentucky Counties Banning Outdoor Burning

Kristian Pickering
Kentucky Division of Forestry
Wildfires are buring in seven Kentucky counties.

Campbell County is joining more than 80 Kentucky counties banning outdoor burning. The move is in response to a drought and wildfires burning in seven eastern Kentucky counties.Boone and Kenton county officials did not respond to WVXU's querries about whether they would be enacting burning bans.

Energy and Environment Cabinet Communications Director John Mura says, "going into this weekend it's potentially more dangerous again with the drought continuing, no serious rain predicted, and more people - especially hunters - being in the woods. We're urging everyone to avoid any fires outdoors if they can, especially to observe any burning bans if counties have enacted them."

Mura says Northern Kentucky's air quality isn't expected to be affected by the fires.

"If we get the predicted stronger winds Friday and Saturday, that could potentially change the situation, producing more smoke."

However, Mura says the commonwealth is monitoring about 25 fires, none of which are near Northern Kentucky.