Officials with the National Weather Service in Jackson say September of 2019 was the warmest and driest on record. The dry conditions have led most eastern Kentucky counties to issue burn bans as a precaution against wildfires. Pike County Emergency Management Director Doug Tackett says despite the fact that the burn ban is in place, people continue to burn debris and brush piles across the county. When that happens, Tackett explained that fire departments notify Forestry officials who respond to the scene and issue citations that come with hefty fines.
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