HAZARD — Perry County Judge Executive Scott Alexander signed an executive order on Nov. 2, which bans all outside burning in Perry County at all times of the day and night, due to current and predicted weather conditions and the extreme danger of forest fires.
All outdoor burning in Perry County will remain prohibited until the proclamation of this executive order has been rescinded by public notice. This year’s forest fire season has been treacherous for fire fighters and the public as well.
Fire Fighters from different areas of the state have traveled to the Perry County region to assist with efforts in containing the blazes. Helicopters have been deployed, gathering water from Buckhorn Lake and other major waterways to dump on the fires. In Letcher County, the smoke has been thick enough in some spots to create driving hazards. A home in Knott County was completely destroyed this week as result of the fires. In Perry County, the smoke has plumed across the mountains, filling the valley where downtown is located. As far away as Lexington, there have been reports of the smell of smoke traveling in the wind from Appalachia.
Anyone ignoring the burn ban, or starting a forest fire, will be subject to prosecution. According to the weather forecast, the next possible chance for significant rain will be Tuesday.
Sam Neace can be reached at 606-629-3243 or on Twitter @HazardHerald.