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Conditions in the Gorge hot and dry

Posted at 4:24 PM, Sep 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-18 16:33:33-04

POWELL COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — Dozens of Kentucky counties have declared burn bans because of the hot and dry weather conditions.

Most of the burn bans are in central, southern, and eastern Kentucky counties.

One county not under a burn ban is Powell County, which contains a big chunk of Red River Gorge. Although the county is not on a burn ban, Lisa Johnson with Powell County Search and Rescue wanted to warn campers that dry leaves and dead limbs could create issues for campers.

It could be dangerous for hikers to light a fire in the Gorge, or toss a cigarette.

"The wind will pick up ashes, and blow them all over. That's an easy catch-fier. As you can tell, it's so dry you can hear the hikers by the leaves underneath their shoes. It's very very dry, and it's dangerous," Johnson told LEX 18's Conroy Delouche.

You can check county burn bans here.

Burn bans generally prohibit campfires, bonfires or burning debris.