Today (Thursday) twenty-four counties have been upgraded to a Level Two drought status. That includes Caldwell, Christian, Crittenden, Hopkins, Livingston, Lyon, Todd, Trigg, Daviess, Hancock, Henderson, McLean, Ohio, Union and Webster Counties.
A Level Two drought means severe drought conditions, and includes increased impacts to water-sensitive areas; depletion of water supplies in shallow wells, springs and ponds; increased chances of wildfires; higher demands on water treatment facilities; and the imposition of water conservation advisories.
A Level One drought declaration has been declared for sixty-six counties across Kentucky.
County-wide burn bans continue for Hopkins, Crittenden, Henderson, McLean and Muhlenberg Counties.
Firework statements have varied by city and county across the region. The City of Madisonville today (Thursday) issued their policies which include that fireworks can only be used between the hours of 10:00am and 10:00pm, and from 10:00am to midnight on July 4th.
The City’s 4thFest fireworks show will still be held Wednesday at 9:00pm but no personal fireworks will be permitted in the City Park.
Statement released by the City of Madisonville Thursday, June 28:
MADISONVILLE, KY- To address the public’s concerns regarding the use of fireworks during the 4th of July season, city officials have announced that personal fireworks will be permitted with restrictions within the city limits of Madisonville.
Observing these important guidelines will help insure a safer and more festive Independence Day celebration:
Fireworks can only be used between the hours of 10 am and 10 pm.; and from 10 am to midnight on July 4th.
Do not use fireworks within 200’ of a structure or vehicle (KRS 227.702-.750)
No one under the age of 18 is permitted to ignite fireworks (KRS 227.702 - .750)
Keep a water hose or bucket full of water near the ignition site at all times
For fire emergencies, call 9-1-1
The public is invited to attend the City of Madisonville’s 2nd annual 4thFest fireworks show at the Madisonville City Park on Wednesday, July 4th at 9 pm. As an added precaution, the Madisonville Fire Department has plans for an additional crew on site during the City’s 4thFest celebration. No personal fireworks will be permitted in the City Park. If you have questions or concerns regarding fireworks safety, please contact the Madisonville Fire Department at 270-824-2148.
Statement released by Hopkinsville Police on June 13, 2012:
THE HOPKINSVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT WOULD LIKE TO REMIND CITIZENS, THAT PLAN ON USING FIREWORKS THIS FOURTH OF JULY, ABOUT HOPKINSVILLE CITY ORDINANCE 25-2011. THE ORDINANCE STATES; FIREWORKS MAY ONLY BE IGNITED BETWEEN THE DATES OF JULY 1ST AND JULY 5TH, BETWEEN THE HOURS OF AND FIREWORKS USED BY INDIVIDUALS UNDER AGE EIGHTEEN (18) MUST BE SUPERVISED BY A PARENT OR GUARDIAN. IGNITION WITHIN TWO HUNDRED (200) FEET OF ANY STRUCTURE, VEHICLE OR ANY OTHER PERSON AND IGNITING OR DISCHARGING FROM A MOTOR VEHICLE OR ON ANY PROPERTY OF ANOTHER WITHOUT THE CONSENT OF THE PROPERTY OWNER IS PROHIBITED.