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‚ÄčAdvisories and Drought Declarations

The potential for wildfire can occur any time of year, therefore, citizens should always be aware of fire weather conditions and outdoor burning restrictions in their area.  Drought conditions affect soil moisture and vegetative health and can be expected to increase the risk of wildfire.  Classifying drought severity uses multiple indicators including the Drought Monitor, Palmer Drought Index, Crop Moisture Index, and precipitation and streamflow measurements.  Link to the Drought Monitoring Center for current drought declarations for your county.  

County Burn Bans

County burn bans are issued by the county judge/executive.  To find out if your county has a restriction on outdoor burning, please visit our County Burn Bans page.  

Red Flag Warnings

Red Flag Warnings are issued by the National Weather Service when fire weather conditions include: 

  • relative humidity <= equal to 25 percent
  • fuel moisture <= 8 percent 
  • winds >= 15 mph 

View the current RED FLAG WARNING by coverage area:

Charleston, West Virginia

Jackson, Kentucky

Louisville, Kentucky

Paducah, Kentucky

Wilmington, Ohio

Morristown, Tennessee 

Wildland Fire and Weather

The principal factors that greatly influence the start and spread of wildfires are weather, fuel and topography.  Of these three factors, weather is the most variable and impacts fire behavior most often.  The main weather factors that have an effect on fire behavior are temperature, wind and relative humidity.  Wind increases the rate and the direction of fire spread, while relative humidity and temperature mainly affect fuel moisture.  Changes in the weather, such as an approaching cold front, can also greatly affect wind speed, wind direction, air temperature and relative humidity, which in turn can greatly affect wildfire behavior.  The following links will help you stay aware of current fire weather in your area:  

Jackson Fire Weather  

Louisville Fire Weather 

Paducah Fire Weather 

National Weather Service Fire Weather