Daviess issues burn ban during drought

OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) - With two dozen western Kentucky counties in a drought, one of those counties has issued a burn ban to prohibit people from starting outdoor fires until the area gets more rain.

Daviess Judge-Executive Reid Haire issued the "no burn" order on Friday as concerns grow about sparks spreading through dry foliage.

County Fire Chief Dwane Smeathers told the Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer that they've been lucky so far, but he's concerned that the winds have been picking up over the last few days.

On Thursday firefighters from five departments battled a field fire in the western part of the county for three hours. Smeathers said no one was hurt and there was no damage to structures, but it doesn't take much for a fire to get out of control.