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Burn Ban in place in Garrard County

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Posted at 10:15 PM, Sep 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-13 04:40:58-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — A temporary burn ban is in effect for Garrard County and the fire department is reminding people that a fire in these dry conditions could get out of control quick.

The Lancaster Fire Department said that the burn ban doesn't necessarily effect how they fight fires, but how the flames might spread.

"The way the grass is dry right now, especially out in the farms, that fire with a little bit of wind, will just sweep within seconds, it'll take a half of an acre. It will burn. And then it keeps burning and you can't get ahead of it," said Chief Richard Sebastian with the Lancaster Fire Department.

With no rain, and the heat, a fire in Lancaster quickly spread through three apartments and destroyed a business.

Grilling is the only fire-related activity permitted under the burn ban. No campfires, no bonfires, and no burning debris. The fire department wants to remind people to not even set a controlled fire in these conditions.

"We still have people that are still burning brush in the back and trying to clear out something, and it's very dangerous," said Sebastian.

He said it will take at least a couple inches of rain before they lift the ban.