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July 18, 2012

Fire ban lifted in Daniel Boone Forest

CORBIN — By Jeff Noble / Staff writer

Officials with the Daniel Boone National Forest have lifted the ban prohibiting campfires and other open flames outside developed recreation areas in the forest.

Recent heavy rains in the region was the reason for the lifting of the ban, which was issued last month because of drought conditions in the area.

Parts of Whitley and Laurel counties are in the Daniel Boone National Forest, which includes 19 other southern, southeastern and eastern Kentucky counties. Earlier this week, both Laurel and Whitley counties lifted the open burning bans as a result of soaking rains the past few days.

Deputy Forest Supervisor Bill Lorenz said Tuesday from the forest headquarters office in Winchester, “We urge forest visitors to continue using caution with fire. While the recent heavy rains were beneficial and reduced the risk for wildfire, the precipitation level for this region remains below normal. Our fire management officials will continue to monitor the drought situation across the forest.”

Forest officials noted rainfall over much of eastern Kentucky remains two to four inches below normal

A separate ban remains in effect prohibiting the use of fireworks in the Daniel Boone National Forest.

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