Posted by: Lawyer Sanders | November 11, 2008

Lawyer Sanders says forest arson is a felony in Kentucky and the state needs your help in locking up these dangerous criminals.

daniel-boone-forestKentucky has suffered a total of 475 forest fires that have burned 9,488 acres since October 1, 2008.  Because conditions for forest fires are likely to peak in the next few weeks, the Kentucky Division of Forestry would like to remind everyone to be cautious and mindful of outdoor burning restrictions. 


Kentucky’s forest fire hazard laws restrict burning within 150 feet of the woods between the daylight hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. from October 1 through December 15.  There are also numerous burn bans that have been enacted by local governments.  Local burn bans provide further restrictions by prohibiting all outdoor burning.  Citizens should contact their county judge’s office or local fire department for more information on local burn bans. 

Arson is a leading cause of wildfires in Kentucky and is suspected in about 70% of forest fires that have occurred this fall.   The Kentucky Division of Forestry asks for everyone’s help in catching and prosecuting these criminals by taking these steps: 

• Look for suspicious fires –the origin of arson fires are not easily identified. 
• Be able to provide information about location, vehicles, license plate numbers and suspicious individuals.
• Call the Target Arson Hotline at 1-800-27-ARSON.  You may remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000 if the information leads to the arrest and indictment of an arsonist. 
• You may also contact your local law enforcement officers, the Kentucky State Police or the Kentucky Division of Forestry district office that serves your area. 

Forest arson is a crime that must be vigorously prosecuted.  It is a Class D felony under state law (KRS 149.380) and is punishable by up to five years in prison and/or up to $10,000 in fines.  For more information regarding forest arson, wild-land fire, or outdoor burning restrictions contact the Kentucky Division of Forestry at 1-800-866-0555.


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