Burning Season Restrictions

Kentucky Law, Forest Fire Hazard Seasons - KRS 149.400, states that during the Spring and Fall Fire Hazard seasons, it is illegal to burn anything within 150 feet of any woodland or brush land between the hours of 6:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M.

Spring Forest Fire Hazard Season: February 15 - April 30
Fall Forest Fire Hazard Season: October 1 - December 15

If you are within 150 feet of a woodland or brush land, you can only burn between the hours of 6:00 P.M. to 6:00 A.M.  However, you can burn at anytime if you are beyond the 150 foot restriction.  You can only burn Natural Plant Matter, such as Brush and Woody Debris…see “OPEN BURNING RESTRICTIONS”  for more information.

NOTE:  Per Pendleton County Ordinance 340.5, you must take three actions when doing an open burn (these actions apply at anytime of the year):

  1. Call 911 Dispatch at 859.654.3300 prior to doing any burning at all.
  2. Control the burn while it is ongoing.
  3. Call 911 Dispatch at 859.654.3300 when the burn is complete.

    If you fail to make this notification you may be fined. Additionally, if a neighbor, passerby or anyone else calls 911 Dispatch to report the fire, the Fire Department will be dispatched to your location. You will then be responsible for Fire Department fees that could be as much as $500.00.