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County issues burn ban

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By Ben Carlson

A ban on outdoor burning was issued Wednesday afternoon for all of Anderson County.

"That means no burning at all," warned Anderson County Fire Chief Mike Barnes, who made the announcement after the decree was approved by Anderson County Judge-Executive Steve Cornish.

Barnes said the ongoing lack of rain prompted the ban, along with a number of small grass fires that have flared up over the past couple of weeks.

One was likely started by an improperly disposed of cigarette that sparked a fire in the Mooreland Woods subdivision and burned a large section of a homeowners yard, Barnes said.

"By having this decree, we can enforce the burn ban and, by law, people can be fined."

Following a wet spring and average amounts of rainfall through most of the summer, August was mostly dry and only a heavy-but-short rainstorm last week has provided any significant rain during that time. Hoped for rain from Hurricane Gustav appeared Thursday morning to be skirting west of central Kentucky, leaving only the possibility of isolated thunderstorms in the region over the next several days.

Barnes said the ban will continue until the county gets "appreciable rain" and when conditions improve.