Brush Fire Risk Heightened This Weekend
The Derby Day weekend is here and while we watch the Run for the Roses from Churchill Downs in Louisville (post time 6:25pm on WSAZ, our coverage starts at 4pm) likely in the rain, our local weather is so parched that there is a high risk of brush fires this weekend.
Warming and drying southeast winds will likely protect us from significant rain until Sunday night, with the exception of some Sunday afternoon showers in Eastern Kentucky
That means two dry, breezy days to enhance the spread of any fire that happens to spark up in the warmth of the day.
Officially, the spring fire season (aka restricted burning season) has ended in Kentucky but runs through May in Ohio and West Virginia. Still even in the Bluegrass State the lack of April rains has set the stage for brush fires from a carelessly discarded match or an illegally set fire.
Legal burn times remain 6pm to 6am in Ohio and 5pm until 7am in West Virginia. At this point, it is legal to burn away from city limits 24 hours a day in Kentucky.
As always, you may never burn trash, just vegetation (leaves, branches, grass) and not within most city limits. Check with your local fire department if you are unsure or better yet, put off all burning until we get rain next week.
One last note, the greening of the forests, which was a month late in coming this year due to the cold, damp and snowy March, has finally taken hold. That means soon the risk of brush fires will be much reduced.