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Winchester – The Daniel Boone National Forest has announced the lifting of an emergency order restricting campfires that was implemented November 16.
“While the recent rains were beneficial and reduced the risk for wildfire, we urge forest visitors to continue using caution with campfires,” said Ryle Benke, Assistant Fire Management Officer on the Daniel Boone National Forest.
With the decreased wildfire danger, the Daniel Boone National Forest has planned several prescribed burns that will reduce the risk of future wildfires and increase habitat diversity across the Forest. Prescribed burning removes leaf litter, woody debris, and other potential fuels from the ground and recycles nutrients in the soils to promote healthy vegetation and wildlife habitat.
“Prescribed burning is one of the best ways to prevent a damaging wildfire. By waiting for the right conditions and carefully controlling the burn itself we can mimic historic fire disturbances and reduce underbrush and flammable vegetation, which is key to limiting wildfire growth,” said Daniel Boone National Forest Supervisor H. Scott Ray.
“We have strict requirements for prescribed burns,” said Ray. “We wait for the right weather conditions to make sure that we can burn safely. Our fire management team is committed to safe prescribed burns that put the right amount of fire in the right places at the right time.”
During prescribed burns, additional firefighting personnel and equipment will be on site and the public may see some smoke in the air. The Forest works closely with partners, like the Kentucky Division of Forestry and The Nature Conservancy, to ensure that all prescribed burns are conducted with appropriate oversight and direction from skilled fire practitioners.
Depending on weather conditions, upcoming prescribed burns are planned in Clay, Laurel, and Pulaski counties. Up-to-date alerts on current prescribed burn areas will be shared on the Daniel Boone National Forest’s social media accounts @DanielBooneNF.
Learn more about the Daniel Boone National Forest at www.fs.usda.gov/dbnf